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Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez has blasted the "shameful" criticism of Luis Suarez's quarter-final handball and insisted his side are no cheats.

The Ajax striker handled on the line in extra time of the meeting with Ghana to prevent a certain goal. Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent penalty and the Black Stars flopped in the subsequent shootout to see the South Americans through to a historic last-four clash with the Netherlands tonight.

Speaking to the press before the match, Tabarez responded angrily to a question from a British journalist about Suarez's action.

He said: "Perhaps you should ask Suarez that. Like any other person, he always replies when asked.

"What I am embarrassed about, especially in the British press, is the whole story. I don't know why British journalists have done this, which is shameful.

"It has happened before when a footballer is on the goal-line and handled the ball. It was an instinctive reaction.

"Suarez could not foresee that Ghana would miss a penalty."

Tabarez mounted a defence of the Uruguayan people and insisted his charges deserved to reach the next stage.

"Don't talk to me about a lack of humility from the Uruguay players and people," added Tabarez.

"I'm very upset with this whole issue. We feel very proud of our performances and behaviour at this World Cup.

"Uruguay have had three matches with no yellow cards, so don't tell me, or suggest, that we cheat, because I don't accept that at all."

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