Suarez treated like a dog, says granny

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IOL pic jun27 suarez teeth advert Reuters People use their mobile phones to take pictures of an advertising placard showing Uruguay striker Luis Suarez flashing his teeth, at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Suarez was hit with the biggest ban imposed at a World Cup, as Fifa threw the book at one of soccer's most tainted players for biting an opponent. Picture: Kai Pfaffenbach

Montevideo - Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been unfairly victimised in his “barbaric” expulsion from the World Cup for biting, his devastated grandmother said on Thursday.

“Everyone knows what they've done to Luis. They wanted him out of the World Cup. Perfect, they did it. They chucked him out of there like a dog,” a sobbing Lila Piriz Da Rosa told Reuters from Suarez's birthtown Salto in north-west Uruguay.

Piriz, who has 22 grandchildren, said football authorities had been watching Suarez from the outset.

“This was on purpose,” she said of the sanctions given to the brilliant but volatile Suarez, who has been punished three times now for biting and once for racism.

Earlier on Thursday, world soccer's governing body Fifa suspended him from all football-related activity for four months and banned him from playing in Uruguay's next nine competitive games for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini

“They had their eyes on him to see what he does. It's barbaric what they've done to him,” Piriz added.

Suarez, who had a tough and humble infancy in Salto, 500km from the capital Montevideo, wears his family affections on his sleeve and was flying home on Thursday.

He moved to Montevideo when he was six.

“I'm his granny and I love my boy loads,” Piriz said. “Please don't ask me any more.”

About 500 fans gathered outside Montevideo's Carrasco international airport to express solidarity with Suarez and chant his name. Some had been waiting for hours, waving Uruguay flags, posters of Suarez and replicas of the World Cup trophy.

Airport authorities said, however, that he was to be whisked out privately and to his home in the coastal resort of Solymar, about 40km outside Montevideo. - Reuters



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