Dalglish backs Suarez at racism hearing

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will defend striker Luis Suarez at the Football Association hearing into the Uruguayan’s racism charge, The Mirror reports.

Dalglish will give Suarez a character reference in today’s hearing and use a language expert to determine what comments the Reds striker actually used. The charge relates to an incident involving Suarez and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in the 1-1 draw at Anfield on October 15th. Evra complained to the referee that day, Andre Marriner, that Suarez had racially abused him at least ten times.

Both Evra and Suarez will attend the hearing and Liverpool have been fully committed to defending their striker since the charge was stated. Lawyers for Suarez will insist that the South American culture the Uruguayan is from shows there is no racist intent. If Suarez is found guilty, he faces the possibility of a six match ban. The first legal arguments were heard Wednesday and Suarez and Evra will speak their cases in today’s hearing.

The case is expected to conclude this evening and a verdict could be announced Friday. If not, then the verdict will be dragged over the weekend and the FA are likely to publish the full reasons for their findings in the New Year. Liverpool are confident within their club that there is nothing against Suarez and the striker will be cleared. The Reds face a tricky trip to Aston Villa on Sunday and could be faced with the annoyance of not knowing whether their Uruguayan is cleared.

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