Behind Uruguay's Loss: Confiscated Caramel Sauce?

Brazil took the team's ridiculously large supply of dulce de leche

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 18, 2014 12:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – We all know professional athletes have rigorous dietary needs, and for Uruguay's World Cup team, those needs have been compromised—by a crippling lack of caramel sauce. Brazilian customs confiscated roughly 86 pounds of dulce de leche, saying the team lacked the proper documents to prove that the milk-based confection was safe, the BBC reports. Some fans are already citing the lack of the caramel sauce as an explanation for the team's 3-1 drubbing at the hands of Costa Rica.

Officials say the team can have the dulce de leche back "as soon as they can produce the necessary documents. Or they can pick it up on their way out of Brazil." Uruguay has protested that South Africa let them have their beloved dessert without issue. It is unclear how the team was transporting those 86 pounds of the sauce, and, for that matter, why the heck it needed that much of it.

Uruguay's Edinson Cavani heads the ball during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Uruguay's Edinson Cavani heads the ball during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
This April 1, 2013 photo taken in Concord, NH, shows ice cream topped with a dulce de leche sauce.
This April 1, 2013 photo taken in Concord, NH, shows ice cream topped with a dulce de leche sauce.   (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
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