The President of Uruguay has got involved in the Luis Suarez controversy, as 79-year-old Jose Mujica has launched a scathing attack on soccer’s governing body.
Following Suarez’s four-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay’s final Group D game at the 2014 World Cup, many Uruguay fans and public figures have supported Suarez.
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However Mujica’s comments were extremely strong, as Uruguay are now out of the World Cup after being knocked out by Colombia in their round of 16 match on Saturday. La Celeste certainly missed Suarez in that match and Mujica has hit out at FIFA.
“FIFA are a bunch of old sons of bitches,” Mujica said. He then paused, put his hand over his mouth at what he had said but then told journalists to “publish it.”
Mujica then admitted that Suarez deserved to be banned but stated that “they [FIFA] could have punished him, but not given him this fascist ban.”
It’s safe to say Uruguayans are upset over the way Suarez has been treated but a “fascist ban” … really? Across world soccer the general consensus is that Suarez could have got a much lengthier ban for his THIRD bite on an opposition player in his career. This strong response from Uruguay’s president (Mujica has been in office since 2010) comes at a time where he is seeking public support.
The next presidential elections in the tiny South American nation take place later this year in October and Suarez’s ban has become huge news in Montevideo and Uruguay’s other cities. Hence Mujica’s strong response.
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Middlesbrough has impressed at times during its return to the Premier League this season, and now the club looks to bolster its backline as the transfer window closes.
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The club announced the loan signing of Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on Tuesday, providing the Boro with a promising young player to contribute in the back.
Chambers, 21, has made 58 appearances in the PL with both the Gunners and Southampton, while also earning three caps for England.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka revaled his excitement over the signing, while also stating that the player addresses a big need on the backline.
“I’m really pleased,” said Karanka. “It’s a position where we’ve been working towards bringing the right player in. We haven’t been in a hurry because Calum was the player we were waiting for, and he’s going to help us a lot.”
The Gunners have been heavily criticized for not spending enough during the transfer season, however, Arsene Wenger has gotten the man he wanted to help out defensively.
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Arsenal announced the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi on Tuesday, after the German centerback had been previously been linked to the club for some time as their top transfer target.
Mustafi will likely figure immediately into the Arsenal defense, which has also added Rob Holding this summer. The 24-year-old made over 64 appearances for Valencia while in La Liga after beginning his academy career in England with Everton.
Hope Solo hasn’t had the best couple of weeks since the U.S. Women’s National Team bailed out of the 2016 Olympics.
On Tuesday, the U.S. keeper announced her decision to take a step back from her club team as well after receiving a six-month ban from U.S. Soccer.
The veteran American shot stopper took to Twitter to make her decision known, leaving her status unknown with the Seattle Reign in the future. Solo remains under contract until the end of the current campaign, however, it is not known as to how her decision to sit out will affect her financially.
Solo wil be eligible to return to the USWNT in February, but it will be up to head coach Jill Ellis to reintroduce the 35-year-old into the fold.
U.S. Men’s National Team and LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes will miss the rest of the MLS regular season with a broken bone in his right foot.
It was initially believed on Monday that the U.S. attacker could be out until the end of 2016 after suffering the injury in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Zardes was taken down by Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston during the latter stages of the match, with the Costa Rican apparently catching the inside of the 24-year-old’s foot, ultimately causing the injury.
Because of his extended absence, Zardes was ruled out of consideration for the USMNT squad ahead of their upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.