Players were apparently woken in the middle of the night at their hotel to find termites and other insects crawling in their bedsheets.
The Uruguayan media has latched on to this, claiming a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign by England fans to distract Luiz Suarez and his Uruguay team-mates.
Detectives reportedly believe that the insects were deliberately planted following a search of the rooms ahead of the players’ arrival.
A police source told the Daily Star: “The team checked the rooms in search of bombs and chemical and nuclear weapons.
“Afterwards they were sealed off by hotel workers and handed over to FIFA. It’s impossible these men didn’t see the swarm.”
The claims of a so-called sabotage, even if unfounded, will only add further spice to the clash with England in Sao Paulo last night.
Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, 28, tweeted a photo of the creepy crawlies thinking they were ants.
Buen diaaaaa!!! Miren quien nos despertó a las 2 am!!! Ajaja nada mejor que un buen anti alérgico!! pic.twitter.com/AJsV3wE5xl
— Nando Muslera (@1_Muslera_25) June 13, 2014
Muslera tweeted: “It was a comical situation. I couldn’t believe how many insects there were.”
Officers in the Brazil state of Ceara have reportedly confirmed that the insects were largely termites, which can cause skin irritations and inflammations.
Uruguay have made accusations of a conspiracy in the past.
The team’s favourite toffee spread, dulce de leche, was reportedly confiscated at the airport in Brazil because it lacked a health certificate, leading some to blame it for their poor opening performance against Costa Rica.
Meanwhile, Uruguay captain Diego Lugano has already blamed a mole for leaking details of a swelling on his knee which he had to treat with ice.
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