Luis Suarez leaves the team training centre in Natal last week. Photograph: EPA

Luis Suarez has apologised to Giorgio Chiellini “and the entire football family” for biting the Italy defender, an offence that has earned the Uruguay(...)

James Rodriguez of Colombia shoots and scores his team’s first against Uruguay at Maracana . Photograph:  Julian Finney/Getty Images

After an opening run-out in the provinces – Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Cuiabá – James Rodríguez saw his travelling World Cup show explode onto one of f(...)

Luis Suarez. Photograph: EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

The Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has branded the four-month suspension handed to Luis Suarez an act of “barbarity” that breaches the Liverpool striker(...)

Colombia’s James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his second against Uruguay  at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Sergio Moraes / Reuters

Colombia 2 Uruguay 0 Uruguay followed their shamed striker Luis Suarez out of the World Cup as the furore over his lengthy ban for biting was e(...)

 In a still image taken from TV footage,  Luis Suarez carries his son Benjamin as he waves to supporters from the balcony of his house in  Solymar on the outskirts of Montevideo. The Uruguay football federation has launched an appeal  against the striker’s nine-match ban for biting. Photograph:  Reuters/Television Nacional Uruguay

Luis Suarez’s defence against a charge of biting an opponent was that he lost his balance and hit his face on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoul(...)

A woman takes a photo next to an advertisement featuring Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, mocking the biting incident against opponent Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup match against Italy, on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Getty Images

Last week in this space I was writing that Luis Suarez was the closest thing this generation of footballers has to Diego Maradona. This was after S(...)

Uruguay are likely to try to hit Colombia them on the break through their  one remaining world-class player, striker Edinson Cavani (right). Photograph: EPA

Inevitably the Luis Suárez situation has overshadowed the build-up to today’s second round match. And while he will be absent the disgraced striker(...)

A woman passes a wall painting of Uruguay’s Luis Suarez on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph:  Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Following its vehement defence while waiting on Fifa’s judgement, all Uruguay is today grieving with the condemned Luis Suárez, thrown out of the W(...)

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez: ruled out of football for four months. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty

Fifa secretary general, Jerome Valcke, has urged Luis Suarez to seek professional help and confirmed his previous biting offences were taken into acco(...)

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Uruguayan officials insist they will fight to have him reinstated but Luis Suarez’s World Cup looked to be over yesterday after Fifa dismissed the cas(...)