Luis Suarez gets backing

The president of Uruguay Jose Mujica and national team captain Diego Lugano have both come to the defence of Luis Suarez, and maintained that the Liverpool striker is not a racist.

The sprightly attacker has just served an eight-match ban for racially insulting Patrice Evra, and refused to shake the French defender’s hand when The Reds took on Manchester United last weekend.

Despite the controversy caused, Mujica feels claims of racism have been exaggerated.

“There is solidarity with Suarez. Suarez is not a racist and never will be,” the premier told M24, translated into English by The Telegraph.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain defender Diego Lugano has also backed Suarez, and feels that his countryman has been unfairly victimised.

“Keep in mind that England is a country historically colonial and racism is very delicate, but we know that has nothing to do with the relationship between Luis and the United player,” he national skipper told Canal 10.

“Suarez has gone through a few months he did not deserve.

“All of us in football know it’s a big circus. For what did Luis on Saturday must have balls. He followed his convictions.

“We live in a democracy and if you do not want to greet someone, do not greet them,” he concluded.

The statements come on the back of reports in France linking PSG with a summer transfer bid for the Liverpool attacker.

By Gareth McKnight

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