Luis Suarez Hit With Eight-Game FA Ban
Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League qualification hopes took a serious blow last night after it emerged that star striker Luis Suarez has been handed an unprecedented eight-match ban by the Football Association.
The Uruguayan was found to be guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s French full-back Patrice Evra during the two sides’ 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier this season and will now have 14 days to appeal the charge.
Despite the FA’s verdict, Suarez has always maintained that he did not use any racist language when confronting Evra and a statement from Liverpool Football Club has given the player full backing over what they term an “extraordinary” verdict.
“We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone,” the statement read. “No one else on the field of play – including Evra’s Manchester United team-mates and all the match officials – heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth”.
“Nothing we have heard in the course of the hearing has changed our view that Luis Suarez is innocent of the charges brought against him and we will provide Luis with whatever support he now needs to clear his name,” the statement concluded.