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Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez calls three-match ban 'excessive'

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he felt his three-match Copa America ban was excessive.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said he feels his three-match ban from CONMEBOL for arguing during his country's quarterfinal Copa America loss to Chile was "excessive" and that the Uruguay Football Federation plans to appeal.

"I accept that it was not right for me to leave the bench and have words with someone on the Chile bench, but in no moment did I insult the referee," Tabarez said in an interview on Friday on his federation's website. "The referee and the coaches know that."

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Chile defender Gonzalo Jara vows not to repeat finger 'mistake'

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol claims that he would not fire Chile and FSV Mainz 05's Gonzalo Jara for his controversial prod on Uruguay's Edinson Cavani.

Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara has admitted his incident with Edinson Cavani during the Copa America was a mistake and vowed it will not happen again.

Jara, 29, was handed a two-match ban by South America's governing body following the Copa America quarterfinal against Uruguay.

The defender came up behind Uruguay attacker Cavani and pushed his finger against his opponent's backside. Cavani reacted, raised his hands towards Jara's head, only to see the Chilean collapse to the pitch. Cavani was sent...

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Luis Suarez calls South American World Cup qualifiers 'most difficult'

In an exclusive interview, Barcelona and Uruguay striker Luis Suarez explains how difficult South American qualifiers are and says Uruguay misses veteran players like Diego Forlan.

Luis Suarez has played in some of the world's top leagues, but insists he's never experienced anything more difficult than the South American World Cup qualifiers.

In their most recent World Cup qualifying campaign, Uruguay finished fifth in the region and needed to defeat Jordan in a two-legged playoff to secure their trip to Brazil in 2014.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, the Barcelona striker discussed the competition on the continent and what makes it so tough to navigate.


 By Mike Whalley

Liverpool was easy to leave for Sunderland, says Sebastian Coates

The ESPN FC crew give their picks for which teams will get relegated following the 2015/16 Premier League season.

Sebastian Coates said it was an "easy" decision to leave Liverpool for Sunderland on a permanent deal.

The centre-back joined the Black Cats for £2m on July 1 to end a difficult four-year stint at Anfield, during which he struggled for form and battled injury.

Coates played only 12 league games in his first two seasons with the Reds before cruciate knee ligament damage while playing for Uruguay in August 2013.

He recovered to play briefly for his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and...