Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has played down Luis Suarez’s fit of rage after the striker lost his temper after failing to feature on Thursday night.
Salomon Rondon’s 36th-minute goal gave Venezuela a 1-0 win over Uruguay in Philadelphia to put them through to the Copa America Centenario quarter-finals. It leaves the 15-times champions Uruguay out of the tournament in the group stage and that was too much for Barca star Suarez, who has yet to feature in the tournament.
The 29-year-old, who missed the first game through injury, lost his temper and threw one of his boots on to the pitch, threw his bib down and then thumped the dugout after he was told he would not play a part in the game against Venezuela. Suarez had been seen warming up on the sidelines in the second-half despite not being named as a sub or in the starting XI.
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“There is no situation. The situation is what I told you [on Wednesday]. The player is not ready to play,” said Uruguay coach, Oscar Tabarez.
“This is an issue about numbers and doctors. Even if the player is upset, I’m not going to play a player who is not 100%. If he got upset, that is something I was not aware of. He didn’t tell me anything.