LONDON — Luis Suarez is at the centre of a new diving controversy after Uruguay beat Peru 2-1 in a World Cup 2014 qualifier.
Peru coach Sergio Markarian slammed referee Patricio Loustau for sending off Victor Yotun for a clash with Suarez in the first half at the Estadio Nacional dé Lima.
The Uruguay forward theatrically fell to the ground following the clash with Yotun who was shown a straight red card.
Marakarian told reporters: “I’ll do my best to make sure this referee does not go to the World Cup because I’m not ashamed to say it was totally decisive (in the result).
“What Yotun did was silly, but I’ve seen worse, like elbows or persistent simulation that goes unpunished.”
Four minutes earlier Suarez earned his side a penalty — from which he scored — when he went to ground following a challenge from Christian Ramos, though, replays showed there was minimal contact.
The Liverpool striker is currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Peru are now five points behind Uruguay, who occupy the fifth-place play-off position in the Conmebol qualifying pool.