Suarez suspension 'shameful': Maradona

Former Argentine great Diego Maradona claims he was prevented from entering the Maracana stadium to...

Former Argentine great Diego Maradona claims he was prevented from entering the Maracana stadium to watch a World Cup game Wednesday. (REUTERS file photo)

Morris Dalla Costa, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:59 PM ET

One of the greatest players in soccer history has come out in support of Uruguay forward Luis Suarez.

FIFA suspended Suarez on Thursday for four months from soccer related activities for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Chiellini stated Friday that he felt the ban was excessive. That was days after he indicated he felt FIFA would do nothing to Suarez because they wanted their “stars on the field.”

Maradona weighed in on the subject on his television show Thursday night. He wore a t-shirt that read “Luisito Estamos Con Vos,” which translates to “Luis we are with you.”

“The FIFA sanction is shameful,” he said. “They have no sensitivity towards the fans. They might as well handcuff him and throw him in Guantanamo.”

Maradona is familiar with the kind of trouble Suarez is involved in.

He had a longtime cocaine addiction. In 1994, he was removed from the World Cup after testing positive for five variants of ephedrine, a stimulant banned by soccer's international governing body. He’s also had numerous battles with the Italian government over tax evasion.

If anyone knows what it’s like to operate outside the parameters of rules, it’s Maradona.

“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, the act of an incredible mafia.”

Maradona interviewed Uruguay's president Jose Mujica during the program who continued to assert that no one except Uruguay understood the issue.

“We Uruguayans are full of anger. Those coming from below do not understand anything,” Mujica said.

“We kicked out Italy and England. No doubt they lost a lot of money.”

Mujica claimed FIFA used “a different standard” to judge certain countries.

“That's what hurts and angers us the most,” Mujica concluded.


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