Uruguay captain Diego Lugano insists they will remain united despite striker Luis Suarez being thrown out of the FIFA World Cup.
Suarez has been banned by FIFA for Uruguay’s next nine competitive international matches and suspended from any football-related activity for four months, after biting defender Giorgio Chiellini in the 1-0 win over Italy that sealed the South Americans’ place in the last 16.
The Uruguayan Football Association are to appeal the punishment, and Lugano is adamant he and his team-mates will stay positive as they prepare to face Colombia in the second round at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro today.
“Indignation, impotence, I think that’s what we all feel. We’d all like a fairer world, but that world simply does not exist,” Lugano posted on his Facebook page.
“Those who rule, rule, and the strong ones are the strong ones… Keep feeling proud of him (Suarez), he deserves it.