Luis Suarez blames his remarkable Copa America outburst on frustration and insists he holds no grudge against Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez
Luis Suarez has revealed that his remarkable Copa America outburst was due to a feeling of helplessness whilst watching Uruguay be eliminated from the competition, following a 1-0 loss to Venezuela.
Suarez, who was struggling with a hamstring injury picked up whilst on club duty for Barcelona, was left out of Oscar Tabarez’s match day squad for Friday’s crucial fixture.
As a result, the former Liverpool striker was forced to watch from the bench as Salomon Rondon’s first-half strike guided Venezuela through to the quarter-finals at the expense of the 15-times champions.
Luis Suarez admits he felt helpless as Uruguay were knocked out of the Copa America on Friday
Suarez punched the dugout in frustration after finding out he would not be brought on as a substitute
Suarez showed his anger by punching his team’s dugout during the game but insists his outburst was due to his own frustration and that he holds no grudge against Tabarez.
‘I want to clarify many things that have been said and are untrue,’ Suarez told a press conference on Saturday.
‘I am not even at 90 per cent of what I can give. The anger comes from the helplessness of not being able to do anything and seeing that we were being eliminated.
West Brom striker Salomon Rondon scored the winning goal to help his side qualify for the quarter-finals
Luis Suarez was forced to watch from the bench as Uruguay exited the competition after just two games
URUGUAY’S COPA AMERICA 2016 RESULTS AND FIXTURES
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Uruguay 0-1 Venezuela – June 10
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‘It has nothing to do with the coach or anything with the coaching staff.’
With Uruguay now eliminated from the competition, Suarez believes Argentina and Brazil are now the two firm favourites to win.
‘I think the favourites are Argentina, but Brazil are also at a high level as they showed with the 7-1 win against Haiti,’ he said.
‘We have to see how they do when playing against better rivals.’
Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez left Suarez out of the match day squad for Friday’s defeat