Family loyalty denies Indonesians Forlan appearance

Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 08:53 AM IST

Montevideo: Uruguay striker Diego Forlan has refused to play in a friendly against Indonesia because the Uruguayan FA (AUF) turned down his brother`s proposal to organise the match, his father Pablo said on Wednesday.

"(Diego`s brother Pablo) had the chance to set up the match and it ended up being arranged by someone else," former Uruguay international Pablo Forlan said on radio 1410amlibre. "How would one brother react if the other went to the match that he was (originally) going to fix?."

"Diego is not going for that reason," added the 1966 and 1974 World Cup defender.

A spokesman for the AUF said he could not comment on the issue but stated Forlan, the 2010 World Cup`s best player, was travelling direct to China for Uruguay`s match in Wuhan on Oct. 12.

Uruguay, semi-finalists at the World Cup in South Africa in July, meet Indonesia in Jakarta on Friday.

Bureau Report