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Acid attack hospitalizes Tabarez' wife

The wife of Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez is hospitalized after acid attack.
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Silvia Martinez, wife of Uruguay national team head coach Oscar Tabarez, was admitted to a hospital on Saturday with burns to her face and arms after being the victim of an acid attack Montevideo.

Martinez, 61, was walking alone through Carrasco, a neighborhood of Montevideo, when a motorcycle carrying two people slowly approached her. The motorcycle's passenger then threw what Montevideo police describe as "corrosive liquid" from a bottle.

Montevideo police confirmed the attack to Uruguayan newspaper The Observer on Saturday night, saying they will continue their investigation after Tabarez, the first to treat Martinez after she had run back to their family home, reported the attack.

According to The Observer, Martinez had previously reported concerns about possible attempts on her life.

Martinez remains hospitalized in a sanatorium with burns estimated to cover 25 percent of her body, according to the press office of Montevideo's Chief of Police.

Hospital CASMU released no information on Martinez' condition.

Tabarez led Uruguay to South America's continental championship this summer in Argentina, one year after reaching the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup.

Uruguay is currently the number four ranked team in the world by FIFA.

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