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FIFA and Uruguay FA in row over stripping of World Cup stars from national kit

Uruguay and FIFA are at loggerheads after the game’s governing body said the South Americans had to lose two of their four stars amid a dispute over Olympic and World Cup triumphs

Uruguay are in the midst of a dispute regarding their latest kit
Uruguay are in the midst of a dispute regarding their latest kit

FIFA have told Uruguay to remove two stars from their kit despite the South American nation insisting they have secured four global triumphs.

Puma are manufacturing Uruguay’s latest kit but they made the country’s FA aware of FIFA’s intention to block the latest design.

The South Americans have proudly worn a kit that includes a badge with four stars – despite only winning two World Cups.

Uruguay won the first World Cup back in 1930 and then won it again 20 years later.

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However the Uruguayan FA have taken a major issue with FIFA’s latest move.

They believe that their success in the Olympic Games in 1924 and 1928 should be recognised as world titles.

Uruguay argue that they warrant four stars on their badge

Uruguayan FA vice-president Gaston Tealdi has released a statement clarifying their position and arguing that they maintain four stars.

He said: “Fifa has always recognised, even publicly, that Uruguay has four World Cups because in 1924 and 1928 it was organised by Fifa and it’s in 1930 when they decided to do the championships independently.

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“It’s an opportunity to regularise the situation and if this has to give rise to an express acknowledgement, it is welcomed.”

Uruguay are now preparing documents to send to FIFA as they seek to resolve the issue.

Uruguay claimed their second World Cup at the Maracana

They will reportedly meet with the game’s governing body via Zoom on Friday as they give their evidence.

Uruguay hosted and won the first ever World Cup, beating Argentina 4-2 in Montevideo. They also beat Brazil at the Maracana.

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To go alongside those triumphs the South Americans also beat Switzerland 3-0 in the gold medal match back at the Olympics in 1924.

They retained their title four years later, winning a replay against Argentina 2-1 in Amsterdam.

Uruguayan historian Atilio Garrido has defended the four stars insisting FIFA have never previously taken issue with it.

He said: “There is no doubt, the documents are there. FIFA never argued them, and there are 30 years of jurisprudence in this regard”

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Uruguay have remained competitive at the World Cup in recent years, making the last eight in Russia three years ago.

They also made the semi-finals back in 2010 before they were beaten by Holland.

Uruguay last ruled their own continent back in 2011 when they beat Paraguay 3-0 to claim Copa America success.

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