FA explain Suarez ban decision

Luis Suarez gave ‘unreliable’ evidence to the Football Association’s hearing into his racist abuse against Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra, BBC Sport reports.

The Liverpool forward was given an eight match ban and a £40,000 fine for his clash with Evra in the October 15th game between the two sides at Anfield. An FA report released yesterday said that the Uruguayan had ‘damaged the image of English football around the world’. Suarez is said to have used the term ‘negro’ seven times in around two minutes towards Evra and has been told that two similar offences in the future could lead to a permanent suspension.

Liverpool were given the findings on Friday by the Independent Regulatory Commission and have the right to appeal before January 13th. The 115 page document details the exact findings of the body and has condemned the way Suarez has acted. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalgish has continued to back Suarez throughout the whole process, but the report makes the Reds attempts for an appeal seem unnecessary.

The report states that, after Evra was tackled by Suarez, the French defender approached the Liverpool striker to ask why he had kicked him. Suarez replied in Spanish: ‘Because you are black’. Evra challenged Suarez and said that if the answer was repeated, he would punch him. Suarez then said: ‘I don’t speak to blacks’ and then continued to use the term ‘negro’.

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