Luis Suarez defends Uruguay, launches dig at Chile after Copa America loss

Uruguay's Luis Suarez sat out the Copa America because of his ban for biting during the 2014 World Cup, but that hasn't stopped the Barcelona star from getting in a dig at Chile after the hosts eliminated his nation in a 1-0 victory on Wednesday.

Suarez also defended Uruguay after they received some criticism for finishing Wednesday's game with nine men after red cards to Edinson Cavani and Jorge Fucile.

"To those who say Uruguay played poorly, hit, argued, etc. let me remind them that Uruguay has won Copa America 15 times," Suarez wrote on his Facebook page. "So to those who complain, they should look at their own country, which has no title. Let's go Uruguay, let's go!"

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Posted by Luis Suarez on Jueves, 25 de junio de 2015

South American football officials will look into the actions of Chile defender Gonzalo Jara, who was caught by TV cameras poking Edinson Cavani's behind to provoke a red card in Wednesday's quarterfinal.

Alberto Lozada, a member of CONMEBOL's disciplinary panel, said on Thursday that the local governing body "will open an investigation" that could lead to a suspension for the Chilean player.

Cavani, Uruguay's top striker in the South American tournament, was sent off after the 63rd-minute provocation by Jara, and Chile went on to win Wednesday's match 1-0. Defender Mauricio Isla scored the winner in the 81st to send Chile to the semifinals of the Copa America for the first time in 16 years.

Cavani slapped Jara in the face immediately after the Chilean put his hand on him, but the referee only punished the Paris Saint-Germain striker, giving him a second yellow card. While the slap appeared to be light, Jara dropped to the ground with his hand to his face.

Suarez and Jara have their own bad blood, dating back to a 2013 World Cup qualifier, when Jara is alleged to have poked Suarez's groin, to which Suarez retaliated with a punch.

The short-tempered Uruguay international was given a four-month suspension by FIFA after biting Italy's Chiellini at last summer's World Cup in Brazil. The ban also included a nine-match suspension from international matches.

Suarez must sit out four more international matches but can re-join the La Celeste in time for 2018 World Cup qualifying.

Missing their most prolific scorer, the defending champions struggled in Chile, scoring just two goals over four matches.

Suarez wrote: "First, I would like to thank all my colleagues who gave their all in the Copa and always give their all for this beautiful shirt. You leave me without words. Thanks and so proud of Uruguay!!!"

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.