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Tabarez: There is 'clear animosity' toward Suarez

The Uruguay coach said he did not see the striker's altercation with Giorgio Chiellini and dismissed the incident, saying that there were more important things to focus on.

Oscar Tabarez refused to comment on Luis Suarez's apparent bite on Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, dismissing its significance in light of Uruguay's win.

La Celeste progressed to the knockout stage of the World Cup following a 1-0 victory in Natal with Diego Godin's header enough to secure a vital three points in Group D.

However, the incident between Suarez and Chiellini — in which the Liverpool star appeared to bite the defender's shoulder — has cast a shadow over the encounter, though Tabarez showed his evident frustration at the multiple questions he was asked on the matter.

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"I want to see the pictures. I have not seen the incident and I think the referee did not see it," the 67-year-old said during a news conference. "For me and for all Uruguayans, there were more important things in this game. Perhaps [Suarez] made mistakes. However, it is the goal for some to write about him: You just have to focus on when he is on the field and play. Instead, there is a clear animosity towards this player.

"I do not want to comment. Suarez for us it is a very important player, even as a person for the whole group: We'll see if that will be attacked, like I feel we are doing at this press conference, and we'll see how to defend it. This is a World Cup, not a time for cheap morality."
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