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Uruguay v Netherlands

Castro throws weight behind Uruguay

July 6, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Former Cuban revolutionary and president Fidel Castro claims that unless Uruguay get to the World Cup final it will be the worst showpiece since football began.

Fidel Castro
GettyImagesFidel Castro: Backing South America

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Out-spoken Castro, 83, also railed against the referees' treatment of South American sides in the tournament and hopes Uruguay can beat Netherlands in their semi-final on Tuesday to put the country on the map.

Castro said: "The vast majority of football fans do not even know what continent Uruguay is in but it seems to me that the referees are biased against the South American sides.

"It happened when Brazil lost to Holland, when all the decision went against them and they were sent down to 10 men at a crucial time, which should never have been done.

"But a final now, between two European countries, will be as colourless and unhistorical as any since the sport was born in the world."