The Straits Times
Published on Oct 12, 2012

Uruguay fury at Fifa chief's Suarez 'cancer' blast


MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AFP) - Uruguay lashed out at Fifa Vice-President Jim Boyce on Thursday, claiming the official's criticism of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who is at the centre of a diving storm, was "unacceptable".

Mr Boyce was reported to have described Suarez's theatrical tumble against Stoke in the Premier League as "cheating", adding that the tendency for players to easily fall to the ground was a "cancer" in the game.

But the Uruguay Football Association (UFA) have written to Fifa president Sepp Blatter, claiming that Suarez has been unfairly singled out by Mr Boyce.

"We understand that this kind of statement, coming from a person who holds the position of Vice-President of Fifa, with specific reference to a football player and linking their actions to a disease that is a scourge on humanity, is at odds with the guiding principles of world football," said the letter.