‘Proud, although they don’t respect us!’: Luis Suarez breaks silence as he leaps to the defence of his Uruguay side after frustrations boiled over at full time against Ghana following World Cup exit
Luis Suarez leapt to the defence of his Uruguay side after their early exit from the World Cup, which the forward insisted ‘hurts a lot’ in an emotional Instagram post.
Uruguay failed to qualify from Group H on goals scored after managing only two goals against Ghana, with South Korea beating Portugal to progress to the last 16 instead.
Suarez was visibly upset following the results, and took to social media to thank his nation’s fans and insist his side gave it their all in Qatar as he defended his team-mates.
Luis Suarez was left in tears on the substitute bench with his side heading for a World Cup exit
He couldn’t watch the action as La Celeste slid closer to elimination on goals scored in Group H
Suarez was unable to hide his emotions in what was almost certainly his final World Cup game
Suarez took to Instagram to thank fans and defend his team-mates after and during the game
‘Saying goodbye to a World Cup hurts a lot, but we have the peace of mind that we LEAVE EVERYTHING for our country’ he said.
‘Proud to be URUGUAYAN although they DON’T RESPECT US. Thanks to each of the Uruguayans who supported us in every part of the world!’
The claim of a lack of respect comes after Uruguay were denied a late penalty for what looked like a foul on Edinson Cavani in the area.
Suarez registered two first-half assists as Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0 but still failed to qualify
Realisation began to set in after he was substituted despite his side needing another goal
Tensions boiled over after full time, with several Uruguay players chasing referee Daniel Siebert down the tunnel before Cavani punched and knocked over the VAR monitor.
There were disagreements from Uruguay players when Ghana were awarded a penalty in the first half, with players insisting to Siebert that there was no contact in a supposed foul by Sergio Rochet when the incident was played on the big screen in the ground.
Uruguay raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a brace from Giorgian de Arrascaeta, but they failed to find a third goal that would have sent them through on goals scored in over 60 minutes of trying.
Tensions boiled over at full time as Uruguay players ambushed referee Daniel Siebert
When South Korea took the lead against Portugal in stoppage time, they overtook Uruguay in the group table and faces began to drop around the Al Janoub Stadium as news of the goal started to spread.
Suarez, who had been substituted, was visibly distressed, and broke down into tears at full time.
Uruguay will now head home, while South Korea will face Brazil in the last 16.