Wait a minute, wait a minute… didn’t we already go through this in 2009? Apparently the lesson didn’t take. Sebastian Bauza, AUF president and the entire executive council resigned in a shock move that follows some horrible decision-making from all parties involved including José Mujica, the Uruguayan President and Nobel Peace Prize candidate.

What Happened?

“Mujica abruptly withdrew police protection from the home stadiums of Penarol and Nacional, the country’s most popular teams, on Thursday after Nacional’s fans injured 40 police officers in post-game violence the night before.” so says an AP report but according to Reuters, this is what occurred, “Mujica withdrew police protection after the latest violent incident when Nacional fans fought with police at the end of their team’s 4-2 home defeat by Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys in a Libertadores Cup match in Montevideo last Wednesday.”

Which led to this…

“The federation and its clubs decided to play Saturday’s games anyway, but the players pulled out on Sunday, saying they won’t be safe without police.” said an AP report, because police protection for the players could no longer be guaranteed, The players union, aka la Mutual Uruguaya de Futbolistas Profesionales, ordered a work stoppage – probably the smartest thing ever done by a players union in light of the horrible decisions taken by Bauzá, Nacional President Eduardo Ache, Peñarol President Juan Pedro Damiani and the President of the Republic José Mujica.

Bauzá steps aside – will Uruguay be excluded from the World Cup?

Bauzá steps aside – will Uruguay be excluded from the World Cup?

What Bauzá claims…

In a four point letter, the Executive Council outlined the vague reasons why they are resigning but largely put the blame on the “Political-Institutional” conditions that are preventing Uruguay’s football from moving forward. Strange letter, made even stranger by the fact that since the Summer Clasico, which resulted in the suspension of 9 players from both Nacional and Peñarol, Uruguay’s AUF has allowed the Government to mete out suspensions – which culminated in this bizarre intervention by Mujica’s government to NOT police Uruguay’s domestic league matches involving Peñarol and Nacional. Can you imagine if Sunday’s derby between Boca Juniors & River Plate did not have a police presence?

Biggest Losers:

Sebastian Bauzá – an ineffective President despite what the National Team has achieved in the last 4 years, stood behind as Uruguay’s domestic league came undone – finally allowed Uruguay’s government to get involved in football affairs… a big no-no in the land of FIFA.

José Mujica – His move to remove the police from Primera matches is irresponsible to say the least.

Will Uruguay be suspended from the World Cup?

This rumor is spreading like wildfire in Uruguay but  according to a Reuters report: “Eugenio Figueredo, the president of South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL, told Reuters that he knew of no FIFA investigation into the AUF… I’m totally unaware (of this FIFA story). The truth is I have no news from CONMEBOL or FIFA,” Figueredo said in a telephone interview from Chile where he was on a visit. “You can’t draw conclusions from a rumour.”

What’s next?

Since this Blog has been around, AUF presidents being fired, quitting or “replaced” is nothing new – in fact in 2009, Uruguay’s AUF went through three presidents in 3 months. What FIFA might do is kindly warn Mujica’s government not to get involved in football affairs via the old “if you keep this up, we’ll suspend you” warning letter – suspension is possible despite what Figueredo claimed but Mujica knows the value of football despite claiming he doesn’t really care for it much, if Uruguay is suspended from the World Cup, there’s no doubt his government would suffer greatly.

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Bauza’s wording in his resignation and the recent “confrontation” between the AUF and the government may give the perception that he was pushed aside by the government. For a guy who prided himself on being a straight shooter, why all the dramatics? Why not say that he is resigning due to the lack of support from the big teams AND the small teams (i.e. basically everyone). I wonder if people are upset that Bauza is resigning or this perception by FIFA and what it may do to Uruguay’s chances in the World Cup. After all, it might finally give FIFA… Read more »

maybe lucho el chapulin colorado?


This is worse than yelling “estamos en la B estamos en la B”…

Uruguayan football has just suffered an earthquake and the extent of the damage will take some time to fully understand.

There’s a storm coming in the world of football….

If it has taken this to bring back TBF, hurray! I’ve really, really missed being able to troll someone like a younger, less ignorant version of myself. Anyway, before he spoils everything with facts, let me make a few comments of my own. 1. All South American football administrators seem completely useless, some of them incompetent, some ineffective, many utterly venal. – why hasn’t Uruguay built a decent stadium since 1930? There are 4 million New Zealanders, and they have brilliant stadia at Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and North Harbour and an earthquake-damaged one at Christchurch. – why can’t Uruguay produce… Read more »

I’ll be putting together an article on this in the next day or two. Bluntly though, a lot of the information above, however well-intentioned, isn’t accurate.

And pointing the finger at Bauza is absolute nonsense. His resignation is a disastrous loss for Uruguayan football. The bad old days seem on the verge of returning – but that is not the fault of AUF in any way.

In short, it’s complicated: VERY complicated. I’ll do my best to explain things in the next day or two.


Incidentally, I must apologise to Yorugua here. I was quite short (ie. short-tempered!) in my response to this article. I’ve become quite protective of Bauza, and am really sad about what’s happened.

Why can’t the teams have private security inside the stadium and the police outside of it? Do you think there’s any relationship between Bauza quitting and the fact that he was going to renegotiate the Eliminatorias TV rights and possibly get $20 million dollars (10 million more than the last contract) potentially leaving Paco Casal out of the picture who is the person sustaining most small teams in the country (which most of them shouldn’t even exist since they can’t afford paying their salaries and have pretty much no fans to go see them play) therefore these teams withdrew their… Read more »

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