Reina launches defence of Suarez

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes that teammate Luis Suarez has been ‘crucified’ following his charge for racial abuse, The Daily Mail reports.

The Uruguayan international has been given an eight-match ban by the Football Association after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words. These words were aimed towards Manchester United left back Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield on October 15th. The Reds are expected to appeal the punishment and have 14 days from receiving the decision to decide the course of action they want to take.

Suarez has been backed by the club, his national side and Brighton manager Gus Poyet, who stated that he would ‘fight to the death’ to clear Suarez’s name. Reina believes that Suarez has been treated unfairly and has vowed that the club are fully behind the 24 year old. In last night’s 0-0 draw with Wigan, the Reds striker was subjected to chants of ‘racist’ and ‘cheat’ by the Latics support.

Reina said: ‘We are all right behind him. He has our full support. We made a statement earlier and said what we thought was the truth. We were together from the very first minute (of the allegations) and it is the minimum we can do for him. He is not racist. I am 100 per cent he is not racist and he has been accused of racism. We showed our support to Luis. We want him and everyone to know we are right behind our teammate, because he is a lovely guy and he has been crucified by some people and it is not fair’.

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