Uruguay president blasts FIFA's ban of Suarez as 'fascist'

Colombian fans hold up a sign 'Where's Luis' in reference to the banned Luis Suarez ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Jamie Squire, Getty Images)
Colombian fans hold up a sign 'Where's Luis' in reference to the banned Luis Suarez ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil round of 16 match between Colombia and Uruguay at Maracana on June 28, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Jamie Squire, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 12:33 pm

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay's famously casual President Jose Mujica on Monday tossed some earthy expletives at global soccer authority FIFA, over its punishment of Luis Suarez -- the soccer star who bit an opposing player at the World Cup last week.

Mujica referred to FIFA as "bunch of old sons whores" as he welcomed Uruguay's team back from the World Cup on Sunday. He also referred to FIFA's stiff penalty on Suarez as "fascist," and said that Suarez could have been sanctioned with a lesser sentence.

The president's comments reflect the mood in Uruguay, a small country that is proud of its outsized soccer accomplishments, including two World Cup championships.

Uruguayans overwhelmingly criticized FIFA's decision to ban Suarez from nine national team games, and four months for biting the Italian defender.

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