Suarez available for Villa clash after FA fail to reach verdict

Luis Suarez is available to play for Liverpool against Aston Villa this weekend after the Football Association refused to reach a verdict over his racism charge, The Telegraph reports.

The Uruguayan has been accused of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in their fixture on October 15th. A three-man disciplinary panel have been discussing the incident for three days and have been unable to reach a verdict just yet. If Suarez is found guilty, the Liverpool striker faces a six game ban and a hefty fine as well as his reputation being damaged. The earliest announcement will be made on Tuesday December 20th.

This incident is one of the most complex the FA have had to deal with. The three man panel is made up of Paul Goulding QC, former Sunderland manager Denis Smith and chairman of the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Brian Jones. Suarez has received consistent backing from the club and manager Kenny Dalglish, who is infuriated with the way other people have acted against the striker. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Liverpool of disobeying the FA by drip-feeding information to the press, a claim that the Reds strenously deny.

An FA statement read: ‘The Independent Regulatory Commission has confirmed there will be no decision this evening and will continue working through the weekend. There will be no announcement on any decision before Tuesday Dec 20 at the earliest.’

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