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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.

"Yes,...

 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...

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Edinson Cavani gets 2-match ban for Gonzalo Jara Copa America incident

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.
The ESPN FC crew evaluate various footballing incidents in South America and believe South American sides need to play the game with more grace.
The ESPN FC panel recap the inappropriate incident that happened between Gonzalo Jara and Edinson Cavani, where they unanimously agree that Jara must be suspended for his actions.

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani has been suspended for two matches for his reaction to Chile defender Gonzalo Jara during the Copa America, CONMEBOL has announced.

Cavani was sent off in the 63rd minute of Chile's 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Uruguay after responding to provocation from Jara, who was caught by TV cameras poking the Uruguayan's backside.

The Paris Saint-Germain star reacted by slapping his opponent and, while it appeared to be light, Jara dropped to the ground with his hand...

Luis Suarez fails in attempt to have Uruguay suspension reduced

Luis Suarez was banned after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Luis Suarez will not play for Uruguay again until 2016 after the player's request to have his long suspension reduced was rejected by FIFA.

The Barcelona striker, punished for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at last year's World Cup, wrote a formal letter to world football's governing body earlier this month in the hope of seeing his ban reduced.

But FIFA has confirmed to ESPN FC that any further appeal will not be considered, with the disciplinary panel's verdict final.

A FIFA spokesperson...