Uruguay president blasts FIFA ban as ‘fascist’
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay’s famously casual President Jose Mujica is tossing some earthy expletives at FIFA over its four-month ban of Luis Suarez.
Mujica referred to FIFA as “bunch of old sons whores” as he welcomed Uruguay’s team back from the World Cup on Sunday.
He also referred to FIFA’s stiff penalty on Uruguay’s star striker Luis Suarez as “fascist,” though he said that Suarez could have been sanctioned with a lesser sentence.
The president’s comments to the national television network reflect the mood in Uruguay, a small country that is proud of its outsized soccer accomplishments, including two World Cup championships.
Uruguayans overwhelmingly criticized FIFA’s decision to ban Suarez from nine national team games and four months for biting an Italian defender.