Uruguay manager fires back at press

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:49 PM ET

CAPE TOWN - It wasn't quite Bobby Knight throwing a chair in a fit of rage during a press conference.

Or Hal McRae, during a meeting with reporters, angrily chucking a phone off the noggin of one of the quietest, most harmless writers on the Royals beat.

But the emotional outburst exhibited by Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez during his media session Monday at Green Point Stadium added some much-needed spice to a Uruguay-Netherlands World Cup semifinal that is no where near as sexy as the Germany-Spain tilt that goes Wednesday in Durban.

A livid Tabarez ripped into the media -- specifically the press corps from England -- for suggesting his team should not even be in the semis because Luis Suarez's hand-ball late in regulation in the quarterfinal against Ghana kept the African team from collecting the winning goal.

Some reporters also criticized Uruguay for considering Suarez a national hero back home. Tabarez has heard all of it. And Monday, he fired back.

Asked if Uruguay should be embarrassed about the actions of Suarez, Tabarez emotionally replied: "That question is disgraceful."

Suarez was issued a red card for the incident and is suspended for Tuesday's semifinal against The Netherlands at Green Point Stadium. Ghana missed the ensuing penalty kick and would later lose the game in the shootout.

"What I find disgraceful is the scandal that has been created around this incident by some journalists, in particular English ones. I don't know why," he said.

"We are proud of what we have achieved in this World Cup and the way we have overcome the difficulties we have faced, not just because of the way we have played but also because of our behaviour.

"Uruguay played for more than two games without receiving a yellow card so don't come to me and say that we're a team who cheat. I don't accept that at any time."

If his players can muster up the same type of emotions on the pitch that their manager did at his press conference, the match versus The Netherlands might not be as one-sided as many are predicting.


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