Oscar Tabarez finds humour in Parreira rant

Two goals from Diego Forlan and a late strike by Alvaro Pereira all but ended South Africa’s hopes to qualifying for the knockout stage however Tabarez dismissed any suggestion that Uruguay benefited from decision from the match official.

He said: “In an earlier press conference I said I never talk about the referees, I talk about the circumstances of the game.

“I think there were other instances of penalties that the referee didn’t notice, but these are circumstances of the game.

“I certainly can’t agree and I even laugh at the suggestion that Uruguay maybe won this game thanks to the referee, because I think we dominated the game throughout.

“But I didn’t come to the press conference for that, I’m not here to talk about the referee or discuss my colleague’s opinions, but in my view Uruguay won the game deservedly.”