Luis Suarez reacts after failing to get off the bench for Uruguay

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It's safe to say that Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has slowly but surely transformed his reputation over the last couple of years. 

The enigmatic forward, who struck a remarkable 40 goals in La Liga this past season, has well and truly let his football do the talking of late. 

But it's safe to say that he can still lose his temper from time to time. 


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And that's exactly what happened as Uruguay were beaten at the hands of Venezuela in the Copa America. 

Indeed, as his side were trailing by one goal to nil - and on the verge of elimination - the ex-Liverpool man well and truly lost the plot.

Angry Suarez 

As you can see below, when Suarez realised Oscar Tabarez was not going to put him on to rescue the contest, he had a heated exchange with a coach and opted to hit the dugout. 

It must be noted, of course, that Suarez picked up a hamstring injury during Barca's Copa del Rey final win over Sevilla in May and was a doubt for the prestigious tournament. 

But it certainly appears that Suarez thought he was fit enough to make an impact during his country's latest clash. 

Another twist 

Ultimately, though, the story has yet another twist; have reported that Suarez was listed as 'injured' on the pre-match teamsheets and would have been unable to play a role in the game. 

But confusion took its toll and Suarez started to warm-up. Perhaps, then, following his warm-up, that's when he was told that he would be playing no part. Either way, it was a totally bizarre situation and one that has now seen Uruguay eliminated from the competition. 

After suffering defeat against Mexico in their opening game in Group C, they desperately searched for an equaliser against Venezuela - Edinson Cavani had a great chance late on - but without their talisman on the pitch, they failed to break their opponents down. 

Following the clash, as per, the Uruguay boss insisted that he had no choice but to stop Suarez entering the field of play.

He stated: "I'm not going to play a player who isn't 100 percent."

It's safe to say, then, that it has been a truly horrendous tournament for Suarez and co., who will be hoping to overcome Jamaica on Monday. With Uruguay out, it's surely likely that the Barcelona star will once again have to watch on from the sidelines. 

What did you make of the saga? Have your say below! 

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