Diego Maradona has described the decision to ban Luis Suarez from all football related activity for four months as ‘shameful.’
Suarez will be unable to play football until October 26, after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup clash with Uruguay on Tuesday.
The Argentina legend showed his support for the 27-year-old striker, wearing a t-shirt with the message: ‘We are with you Luis’ on his television show ‘De Zurda.’
“The FIFA sanction is shameful, they have no sensitivity towards the fans, they might as well handcuff him and throw him in Guantanamo,” said Maradona, who was given a 15-month ban from football himself, for testing positive for the banned stimulant ephedrine during the 1994 World Cup.
“The sanction on Luis is a way of punishing Uruguayan clubs for asking CONMEBOL (the South American confederation) for a fairer share of money. It hurts that they have cut short the career of a lad who is a winner. It’s an excessive suspension, FIFA cannot talk about morals to anyone.
“Suarez didn’t kill anyone. This is an unjust punishment.”
Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica has also had his say on the matter, and waited for Suarez at Montevideo airport via video link.
Mujica believes the punishment given to the Liverpool striker is related to more than just the bite on Chiellini.
“We feel that this is an assault on the poor because this gang will never forgive him because he never went to university, he isn’t educated, he grew up on the field, and he is a natural rebel and expresses his anger naturally,” said the president.
“Here they add everything together but the boy really shouldn’t be blamed for his reaction. It’s a match and these things happen and then there’s no need to look into every incident, because if we did that in every game we’d be playing five-a-side.”