Uruguay captain Luis Suarez said it “hurts a lot” to be disqualified from the Qatar World Cup at the group stage and accused FIFA of being disrespectful to his team.
The South Americans thrashed Ghana 2-0 in their final Group H match but failed to progress to the knockout phase, as they were eliminated on the goals-scored tiebreaker, finishing behind Portugal and South Korea.
Luis Suarez, who was playing in a perceived last World Cup match for his country was spotted on the substitute bench weeping profusely and solely inconsolable after Hwang Hee-chan’s goal for South Korea thwarted Uruguay’s round of 16 qualifiers.
It first looked as though Uruguay’s victory against Ghana would be enough to send Suarez’s team through to the knockout round of 16, but South Korea’s 2-1 victory over Portugal on Friday, altered the bearing.
The 35-year-old veteran forward Suarez said “it hurts a lot” for Uruguay to be knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage and claimed his team doesn’t get enough respect from the football governing body, FIFA.
Following tons of upheavals surrounding the Uruguay and Ghana match, Suarez has hit out at FIFA and the officials at the Al Janoub Stadium for denying a clear penalty call in favour of Uruguay.and
Luis Suarez’s complaints spanned towards the penalty given against Uruguay’s Josema Gimenez and the one not granted for a supposed foul on forward Darwin Nunez.
The 35-year-old former Barcelona veteran striker slammed football’s governing body, FIFA, claiming the football body took advantage of his country due to Uruguay’s lack of “power”.
Speaking to Uruguayan TV channel TeleDoce after the match, Suarez said: “I see a penalty for [Edinson] Cavani because he’s cut off by the defender and he puts his body in front of him. Darwin’s is very clear too.
“They are not excuses, but incredible penalties are being awarded in this World Cup. And there’s the committee of referees and FIFA, and they’ve to try to explain themselves better, at least.”
Suarez’s grievances met with a pitiable sensational moment after the final whistle as he was seen crying inconsolably while other Uruguay players and coaching staff surround the referee in hot protest.
Luis Suarez, on his Instagram, noted: “Saying goodbye to a World Cup hurts a lot, but we have the peace of mind that we LEAVE EVERYTHING for our country.”
“Proud to be URUGUAYAN although they DON’T RESPECT US. Thanks to each of the Uruguayans who supported us in every part of the world!”
Despite Uruguay whipping Ghana 2-0 on Friday night, the South Americans couldn’t make it through to the last 16, leaving Suarez and his teammates visibly saddened both on and off the pitch.
Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani was caught on camera punching the VAR screen in the grievance of the ill-treatment his team suffered from the referee and FIFA’s officials as he walked down the tunnel.
Luis Suarez’s criticisms alleged that FIFA “is always against Uruguay” after the Celeste crashed out of the Qatar World Cup competition despite a victory against Ghana.
The veteran striker accused FIFA of their loathed acrimony towards Uruguay and slammed the governing body for deliberately preventing him from seeing his family.
Suarez said: “After the game, I wanted to see my children and the FIFA people told me no when a France player was with his children on the bench.
“It seems that Uruguay has to have more power, FIFA is always against Uruguay.”
Luis Suarez was the only player in Uruguay’s starting line-up against Ghana who also featured in the 2010 World Cup quarter-final between the two teams where he was shown a red card for a deliberate handball.
It’s more likely to say that at 35 years old, Qatar 2022 will likely be Suarez’s last World Cup tournament, which ended in tears and disappointment for the legendary forward.