October 31, 2014
Tabárez resigns FIFA post over Suárez sanction
Uruguay coach Óscar Tabárez has resigned his post in the FIFA strategic commission over the federation’s decision to ban Luis Suárez from the World Cup after the forward bit Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini during a group stage match.
Tabárez said the FIFA sanction, which also forbids Suárez to play for 4 months, was “excessive”, and affirmed it was driven by “media interests, as some journalists made an effort to make a controversy out of it.”
Tabárez announced his FIFA resignation saying it is not “prudent” to be involved in an organization with “different values” than his own.
“We are hurt as a team, but we are also feeling stronger than ever. We will continue the competition with great rebellious attitude,” the former Boca coach said.
Meanwhile, Italy’s defender Giorgio Chiellini also said today he thought the sanction was “excessive.”
“I don’t feel any resentment towards Suárez. It was an incident that occurred in the field and finished in the field,” he stated.