How did Uruguayan media react to Luis Suarez-Chiellini incident?

Luis Suarez Uruguay

The Liverpool and Uruguay forward's behaviour looks like becoming one of the defining points of the World Cup in Brazil.

Though much of the western world has come together in unison to condemn Luis Suarez's apparent antics in Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy, there is one place it is being conveyed slightly differently.

Unsurprisingly, the Uruguayan press preferred to focus on the fact the country squeezed into the last round at the expense of the Italians, as well as being slower to condemn the player to World Cup, one year or international bans.

In contrast to the English media, where much of the talk is of 'how long will he be out' and 'will a ban be so severe as to affect his Liverpool career,' Uruguayan media emphasised that all there is to do now is wait for what Fifa decide to do.

Both Uruguay and Italy beat England before yesterday's final set of fixtures, but it came down to a final day playoff between the two to see who would join Costa Rica in the next round. Claudio Marchisio was sent off for a poor challenge, before the clash between Suarez and Chiellini which the referee failed to see or failed to act on, and just minutes later, Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin scored the winner. A Uruguay win was the only result that would see them qualify from Group D.

Ovacion Mundial highlighted what they saw as overly harsh coverage from the English and to a lesser extent, the Spanish media against Suarez, pointing to previous 'harassing' after his Branislav Ivanovic bite, as well as the fact many references have been made to the player being a monster.

They also focused on Giorgio Chiellini's previous misdemeanours on the pitch, presumably as an explanation for Suarez's behaviour in the game.

The page titled 'the misconduct of Giorgio Chiellini' pointed to a clash during the game between Edinson Cavani and the defender in which the Italian went down clutching his face, as well as a late tackle Chiellini committed early last season that broke Argentine striker Gonzalo Bergessio's leg during Juventus' game with Catania.

They weren't in denial about the incident though, as elsewhere, Uruguayan football legend Alcides Ghiggia, who scored the goal that won Uruguay their second World Cup in 1950, said he believed Suarez should be banned after the incident, but that the team can get by without him.

El Observador avoided any mention of the incident in their match report, highlighting an elbow from Chiellini to Suarez's eye after the alleged bite and then reporting comments from the Italian that he thinks Suarez "will get away with it because Fifa want its stars to play at the World Cup."

Given the treatment last year's Premier League top scorer is receiving in the UK, something many would say is deserved and others would say is a little excessive, it is dubious whether either country are covering the incident unbiasedly.

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