Lugano blasts Suarez ban

Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has described Luis Suarez's four-month ban as an act of "barbarity" that breaches the player's human rights.

Last Updated: 29/06/14 at 14:29 Post Comment

Diego Lugano says the ban handed to Luis Suarez breaches his human rights

Diego Lugano says the ban handed to Luis Suarez breaches his human rights

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

FIFA suspended Suarez from all football-related activity until the end of October after he bit Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's final group game against Italy on Tuesday.

Suarez sat out Saturday's second-round match against Colombia and Uruguay suffered without him, falling to a 2-0 defeat thanks to a brace from James Rodriguez.

After the match, Lugano lashed out at FIFA for imposing the record ban on Suarez.

"It's a breach of human rights that a player cannot go into a stadium where there are 80,000 people or into a hotel with his team-mates, that he cannot work for four months," the defender said.

"He has committed a crime, but this (ban) is barbarity.

"Not even a criminal would receive this penalty."

Uruguay were weak up front without Suarez in the Maracana, where Rodriguez scored two stunning goals for Colombia.

Diego Forlan, 35, played poorly and Edinson Cavani did not have the same impact as he did against England when he played alongside Suarez.

Lugano thinks Uruguay were always going to find it hard to make the quarter-finals without their star man.

"He is irreplaceable," the former West Brom defender said of Suarez. "Against Colombia we weren't able to replace the skills he has.

"For years he has been our best player.

"Us losing him is much worse even than Brazil losing Neymar or Argentina losing (Lionel) Messi."

Cavani insisted the Suarez saga had not proved to be too much of a distraction in the build-up to the game, though.

"From the moment we knew about the sanction, we only thought about Colombia," the Paris St Germain striker said.

"We knew it was a tough penalty, both for him and for us, but from that moment we separated ourselves from it and we concentrated on our players."

Forlan, meanwhile, said Colombia deserved to go through to their quarter-final match against Brazil.

"They are a good team with good players," he said. "They all played well."

When asked whether that was his last game for Uruguay, the former Manchester United striker said: "I don't know."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

A

pparently Chiles has blamed Twitter trolls for his exit. Proof that even the worst things can get great results at times.

cheshire-gooner
Adrian Chiles to leave ITV

Footer 365

Transfer news: Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be 'dream' to join Chelsea

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa says it would be "a dream" to play for Chelsea and Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea: Mourinho gives flops silent treatment

Jose Mourinho was so disappointed by Chelsea's defeat to League One Bradford that he dished out the silent treatment.

Sepp Blatter shrugs-off UEFA's challenge to his leadership as 'lacking courage'

Sepp Blatter tells UEFA “they do not have the courage” to sufficiently challenge his leadership at this year's election.

Mail Box

A Massive Mailbox On A Weekend Of Wonder

We unsurprisingly have plenty of mails on a wonderful FA Cup weekend, including thoughts on Palace, Van Gaal, Phil Jones, Chelsea, Mourinho and Yaya Toure...

Appalling, Slow, Pathetic, Embarrassing

It's a bonus Saturday Mailbox, with plenty of reaction to the most alarming 0-0 draw in Manchester United's recent history. At what point do we worry about Louis van Gaal?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company