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Tabarez to quit Fifa posts

Rio de Janeiro: Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez accused Fifa of an indiscriminate use of power by imposing an “excessive” punishment on Suarez and he said he would resign from positions he holds within world soccer’s governing body.

Fifa had made a “scapegoat” of Suarez and had “punished him with excessive severity” but the forward will have the full support of the Uruguayan football authorities, Tabarez said.

Tabarez said after seeing the images of what happened, he and his coaching staff expected action to be taken against both Suarez and Chiellini. “But we never thought the decision would be what it was and of such an excessive severity,” he said.

“It was a decision much more focused on the opinions of the media who at the conclusion of the match, and at the press conference afterwards focused on just one topic. He then turned his attention to Fifa. We all know where the power lies — in the hands of the organiser,” he said.

Before leaving Tabarez said he would be resigning from his positions with Fifa where he has sat on both the Strategy Committee and the Technical Study Group.

(reuters)