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LIVE FROM RUSSIA: Tabarez refuses to comment on Uruguay future

Oscar Tabarez has refused to comment on his future after Uruguay were beaten by France 2-0 on Friday, ending their 2018 World Cup campaign at the quarterfinals stage.

The 71-year-old, who has been in charge of La Celeste for 12 years, suffers from 'chronic neurothapy', forcing him to sit on the bench during matches and use a walking cane.

When asked by reporters in Nizhy Novgorod about his personal plans for the future, El Maestro said the decision rests with the Uruguay football federation.

"I don't have any examples when the coach decides who will the be the coach in the future," said Tabarez. "I still have a contract but I'm not going to speak about this. Organisations are there to decide such things.

"I've never liked commenting on such things and I won't do it today and if I did I would be acting against my principles.

"I don't want to say something that will help journalists write new stuff but be negative for myself and the Uruguay federation."

On Uruguay's future as a whole, Tabarez added: "[About me] I don't know what's going to happen.

"What I do know is Uruguay will be a football nation and will keep developing and the positive things will go on. So that makes me happy even if i'm sad because our dream didn't come true."

Andrew Maclean
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