Tabarez "Don't assume that you can tell me wha to do. We know Luis and we will deal with what ever we need it to deal with" (to BBC Journo)
— Laura #Garracharrua (@LBCeleste) June 24, 2014
Oscar Washington Tabarez has apparently been reading the Kenny Daglish book of man management: in times of crisis, stand by your man.
Quizzed and harangued over the pictures of Suarez biting out at Chiellini during Uruguay’s win over Italy, Tabarez first deftly avoided passing judgement, saying he would need to see the incident before comment; but that true or not, they would defend him.
But he then spoke his true feelings, and failed to condemn Suarez, once it was clearly established in the press room that it had occured.
At the third time of asking, Tabarez bluntly replied: ‘This is a football World Cup, not about cheap morality.’
That’s not just a failure to condemn; that’s tantamount to endorsement…
— Sam Kelly (@HEGS_com) June 24, 2014
"Uruguay manager Oscar Tabarez says he will see how he can defend Suarez. 'This is a football World Cup, not about morality'." Seriously?
— Anthony (@Anthony3291) June 24, 2014
Tabarez: "If we see he is going to be attacked, which has begun at this press conference, we're going to defend him." via @Ovaciondigital
— Soccer Translator (@worldfootballcm) June 24, 2014
Tabarez suggests that certain countries' press don't like Suarez, are out to get him. One journalist applauds him.
— Paolo Bandini (@Paolo_Bandini) June 24, 2014
Tabarez: "I will not repeat an answer three times. I didn't see the Suarez incident, I am not going to comment." #URU
— Rupert Fryer (@Rupert_Fryer) June 24, 2014