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  • 28 June 2014, 11:51

Suarez Coach Blames Media For Bite Ban

The Uruguay football coach has blamed the English media for Luis Suarez's lengthy ban for biting an opponent.

Oscar Tabarez read out a 14-minute tirade, accusing the media of a conspiracy to get the controversial player kicked out of the World Cup.

The coach refused to answer questions from reporters at a packed news conference and announced he was quitting from his role at Fifa in protest.

His comments came as it emerged that Suarez would be banned from Liverpool's team photograph if it was taken at Anfield.

He will also be excluded from the club's new merchandising campaigns.

A top Fifa official urged Suarez to get "treatment" for his biting problem - defending the four month ban from all football-related activity.

Secretary general Jerome Valcke told a news conference in Rio: "He should find something, it is definitely wrong."

Meanwhile Fifapresident Sepp Blatter refused to comment on the length of the ban but said: "It is not fair what he has done."

Suarez returned to Montevideo yesterday, arriving too late to see the president of Uruguay and hundreds of fans who had gathered to give him a hero's welcome.

Mr Tabarezappeared at a press conference ahead of his team's last-16 World Cup match against Colombia at the Maracana.

He said: "The reporters that only care about that thing (Suarez) I don't know what nationality they were, but all of them speak in English.

"That media pressure which is so close and yet so far from the objective fact that the pictures of the action show in that match.

"All the media was only focusing on Luis' previous incidents, the things that happened to him before, where all of us know that he was sanctioned for, and served his punishment."

Before leaving, MrTabarez said he would be resigning from his positions with Fifa where he has sat on both the Strategy Committee and the Technical Study Group.

He left the conference to loud applause from Uruguayan reporters.

Earlier Giorgio Chiellini, the Italian footballer bitten by Suarez during their Group D match on Tuesday, said he regarded his punishment as "excessive" and that he had "no feelings of revenge or anger".

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