Luis Suarez threw a fit when his manager told him he wouldn't play for Uruguay

Luis Suarez threw a fit when his manager told him he wouldn't play for Uruguay

Published Jun. 9, 2016 9:29 p.m. ET

Luis Suarez didn't play in Uruguay's 1-0 loss to Venezuela on Thursday night, a result that will likely spell the end of their Copa America Centenario campaign. And the Uruguay star was not happy about it.

Suarez suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final two weeks ago and has been held out ever since. But he thought he was healthy enough to play so he put his shinguards and boots on, got taped up and warmed up to go in. Only he was told that he would not be entering the match and that's when the outburst started.

You have to admire Suarez's passion and desire to help his team.

It's odd that Suarez would think he was going in, only to be told no. He was listed as "out" on the teamsheet handed out prior to the match, but whether that was an official designation or simply information handed out to the press is unclear. It wouldn't make much sense to list him as out seeing as teams are allowed to dress all 23 players for Copa America.


Regardless, it's clear manager Oscar Tabarez had no interest in playing him and Suarez was never going to go in. 

"There is no situation. The situation is what I told you yesterday. The player is not ready to play," Tabarez said after the match. "This is an issue about doctors. Even if the player is upset, I'm not going to play a player who is not 100 percent. And if he got upset, that is something I was not aware of. He didn't tell me anything."

You would think that Tabarez and Suarez would be on the same page. Even if the striker wanted to play, Tabarez would make it clear to his star that he wasn't going in the match and Suarez wouldn't have been dressed to play, put on boots, warmed up, anything. Instead, we got Suarez kicks and punching things.



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