Disgruntled Regueiro walks out on Uruguay

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MONTEVIDEO, Nov 21 (Reuters) A disgruntled Mario Regueiro has walked out on the Uruguay team on the eve of their World Cup qualifier away to Brazil.

Regueiro, who plays for Real Murcia in Spain, said he was unhappy at being given few chances in the team and did not travel to Brazil for today's match at the Morumbi.

''A lot of people may say it's not the right time to do this....but my head and my heart told me the opposite,'' he told Uruguayan television before the team left for Sao Paulo.

''I did not feel well. When you know that you are not going to wear the sky blue shirt, which is what I want most, you feel bitter and sad.'' Regueiro who has 29 caps, has made only one appearance this year for Uruguay, coming on as a substitute in the 5-0 win over Bolivia last month.

Coach Oscar Taberez said he was surprised by the forward's action.

''He has been treated in the same correct way as the rest of his team mates,'' Tabarez said.

Uruguay, who failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, have four points from three games.

Reuters RAR DB1046

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