The Uruguayan president (Getty)

(WFI) Uruguay president Jose Mujica has blasted FIFA chiefs as “sons of bitches” for banning Luis Suarez over his World Cup bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

He branded FIFA’s four-month ban from all football activity imposed on the Liverpool striker as “fascist sanctions”.

Mujica’s comments in a Uruguayan TV interview came as he welcomed the country’s defeated World Cup team back from Brazil on Sunday. Uruguay lost 2-0 to Colombia on Saturday.

“Those at FIFA are a gang of old sons of bitches,” he was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.

The president reportedly gasped and covered his mouth as if shocked at what he had said. Then he smiled and said the remark could be published.

Mujica added: “They could have sanctioned him, but not with fascist sanctions.”

On Thursday, Suarez was handed a four-month ban from football and told he must serve a nine-game international suspension. He was also fined $112 000. Suarez is banned from training with his Liverpool teammates and cannot enter a stadium until the suspension expires.

After Saturday’s defeat to Colombia, Uruguay captain Diego Lugano said the FIFA ban on Suarez was an act of “barbarity” that breached the player’s human rights.

Having reviewed the full report of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, FIFPro is aware of the positions taken by the respective parties in the case relating to Luis Suarez.

FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, said

FIFA president Sepp Blatter was in Recife to see Costa Rica knock out Greece on Sunday (Getty)

in a statement that emotion played a part in FIFA’s decision to slap an unprecedented ban on the 27-year-old.

“FIFPro believes all affected parties may benefit with time to remove the emotion, reflect and re-establish the facts in a calm and considered setting,” it said.

“This is a very serious matter, as reflected by the sanctions imposed by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee. The sanction will be reviewed and FIFA will have to focus especially on the accumulation of sanctions including a four-month ban from all football activity.

“The fact that Suarez is prohibited from working for a long period must be addressed as it directly infringes his right to work. Also the fact that Liverpool FC is affected needs to be an important issue.”

FIFPro said Suarez should receive all the support he needed to deal with any off-field with a focus on “the rehabilitation and serious treatment of the player. FIFPro believes that treatment must be a part of any sanction.

“Luis Suarez deserves all the support he needs including legal support in the appeal case in order to achieve a reduction of the sanctions,” the statement added.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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