Suarez banned for racial abuse

2011-12-21 08:15

London - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was hit with an eight-game ban on Tuesday after a Football Association disciplinary hearing found he had racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

An unusually lengthy hearing that started last Wednesday, which itself followed a month long investigation, eventually determined Suarez - who was also fined £40 000 - had abused Evra during a 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield on October 15.

Suarez said that the decision had hit him hard.

"Today (Tuesday) is a very difficult and painful day for both me and my family. Thanks for all the support, I'll keep working!" tweeted the 24-year-old Uruguayan international striker.

Evra had revealed immediately after the match that Suarez had repeatedly abused him.

Evra, speaking to French television station Canal Plus, said Suarez had racially abused him "more than 10 times" during the game.

"I was very upset," Evra said. "In 2011 you can't say things like this. He knows what he said, the ref knows it, it will come out.

"I won't repeat what he said, but it was a racist word, and he said it more than ten times. He tried to wind me up. I won't make a huge deal out of it, but it's very upsetting and disappointing."

And the FA disciplinary panel agreed with Evra, their statement on Tuesday saying: "An independent regulatory commission has today found a charge of misconduct against Luis Suarez proven, and have issued a suspension for a period of eight matches as well as fining him £40 000, pending appeal."

The commission's ruling stated: "Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1);

"The insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra's colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2);

"Mr Suarez shall be warned as to his future conduct, be suspended for eight matches covering all first team competitive matches and fined the sum of 40,000;

"The (penalty) is suspended pending the outcome of any appeal lodged by Mr Suarez against this decision."

Liverpool, who were repeatedly firm in support of Suarez, said Tuesday they "were very surprised and disappointed" by the FA verdict.

They added they would "consider our right to appeal or take any other course of action we feel appropriate with regards to this situation".

In a lengthy statement Liverpool said it remained their view that Suarez "did not commit any racist act" in the match.

"We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play - including Evra's own Manchester United teammates and all the match officials - heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth while a corner kick was about to be taken," the statement said.

"LFC considers racism in any form to be unacceptable - without compromise. It is our strong held belief, having gone over the facts of the case, that Luis Suarez did not commit any racist act."

"It is also our opinion that the accusation by this particular player was not credible - certainly no more credible than his prior unfounded accusations," the statement said.

This was a thinly veiled reference to a 2008 scuffle between French international Evra and Chelsea groundstaff, which branded the defender's testimony "exaggerated and unreliable."

Liverpool's statement added: "We would also like to know when the FA intend to charge Patrice Evra with making abusive remarks to an opponent after he admitted himself in his evidence to insulting Luis Suarez in Spanish in the most objectionable of terms."

Suarez, signed for £23 million from Dutch side Ajax in January, has scored eight goals in 19 Liverpool appearances so far this season.

Given he remains free to play while any appeal is in progress, he could feature in Wednesday's league match away to Wigan.


  • Jono - 2011-12-21 08:29

    What did he say? And Patricia must stop being a girl. If you didnt like what he said klap him and get it over with...Zidane is a good example!

      Len - 2011-12-21 10:05

      Yes, we should encourage more violance and that should sort out everything

      Sean - 2011-12-21 16:52

      How can a man be found guilty if there is no proof ? I`m not saying Suarez in not guilty , but what if Evra lies ? I`ve seen the so called race thing being taken out of proportion so many times , especially in South Africa , it makes me sick !

  • Zachary - 2011-12-21 08:41

    His comment wasn't even racial. You know Evra is lying. Evra has never told the truth and he is man utd scum. Corruption of the worse kind from the board. No-one gets an 8 game suspension for something so small.

      adrian.berghoff - 2011-12-21 08:56

      Pick a finger fool. Racism is small? WISE comment.

      Khoi - 2011-12-21 10:15

      So you know Evra as a liar? The only thing small is your brain. Take this finger mate.

      Gerald - 2011-12-21 10:57

      Zachary and Bob. Just take Suarez's behaviour in the past like the world cup. Also it is not only Evra's word. The F A took other people's evidence as well. The final straw is that there is a SECOND charge against the same Suarez for passing rascist remarks and this one is not from Evra.

      Rodney - 2011-12-21 12:05

      Dint be ignorant man,saurez. Acknowledged. His guilt, read the facts

  • aadil.esack - 2011-12-21 08:42

    This is the very same FA that appealed FOR Rooney's Euro ban to be dropped, even though he was caught on camera kicking an opponent from behind, off the ball ! Disgusting ! I just LOVE LFC's statement, and hope we appeal, because as they say, there is NO evidence & it's evra's word, who has a reputation for crying "racism" against Suarez's I feel Suarez may have said "negrito" or something similar, because where he comes from, it is not a racist term - he should have been given a warning if this was the case as he obviously didn't know it would be offensive.

      Khoi - 2011-12-21 10:25

      Perhaps another "small trophy cabinet" fan. What was the last count on the League's honours' list?

      Bob - 2011-12-21 10:50

      And Khoi and Lenand are clearly scum utd fans, anytime you want to compare trophy cabinets Khoi, our european trophy cabinet is way ahead of you, so you have ONE more league title, big deal, we will be sorting that out in the not too distant future, heh at least we are the best team in Liverpool, last time I looked City are the best team in Manchester and by some distance 6-1 I believe.

      Bob - 2011-12-21 11:13

      Where did I insult anyone? I have just googled the word Negro, I am now even more confused, can anyone tell me what a person of colour would like to be called, in one statement is say's the word Negro is preferred over the world coloured or black, why have some people of colour got such a hang up about the word black, thats why I ask what would they prefer to be called, me I'm white, call me white, I promise you I won't get offended, infact I don't know a white person that objects to being called white.

      Len - 2011-12-21 11:40

      Calling someone a United Supporter is an insult in itself, and add SCUM to it is twice the insult :) Person of colour? You are moe colourful than black people. I suspect Patrice Evra is known to Luis Suarez and calling him Patrice may have been a start, or am I missing something?

      Bob - 2011-12-21 12:10

      Lenand, yes a Scum utd supporter is about as low as it comes, so if I'm more colourful call me pinky or browny (which I am due to lots of golf) really I have more important things to worry about, I'm Irish as well so you can imagine the abuse I've had over the years, all of it water of a ducks back, why, cos I'm proud to originate from Ireland.

  • Ian - 2011-12-21 08:57

    Gosh, what you going to do after the Blackburn rovers game Evra? Get the whole team banned for the season, because they have the word "black" in it??? wake up..... you are the only racist in the EPL! IDIOT!

      Khoi - 2011-12-21 10:39

      No, you're the IDIOT. Your reasoning reflects a "small brain" in action.

  • Deon - 2011-12-21 09:17

    HA ha ha ha, remember all the Liverpool fans having a go at United fans when they were complaining about SAF's ban and Rooney's ban last season. I'm not for one minute saying Evra is innocent but Saurez isn't exactly a blue eyed boy himself. The FA obviously have evidence against Saurez or they wouldn't have found him guilty. The fact that he comes from a multi racisal family means squat. According to the FA he racially abused a player. Remember Rooney getting banned for 2 games for Swearing ( like he's the only player to that ), The game doesn't need it and if he is found quilty then he deserves the punishment. And he the appeal is unsuccessful then the ban will more than likely be increased.

  • Sam - 2011-12-21 09:23

    This paragraph says it all: ---------------------- "We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play - including Evra's own Manchester United teammates and all the match officials - heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth while a corner kick was about to be taken," the statement said. --------------------- Sounds like a witch-hunt, and Evra used it to his full advantage. If there was racism, it should be weeded out, but one mans word is not enough. What have become of proof, and innocent until proven guilty? Also, I think if Suarez wanted to unsettle a player with racial slurs, he would've chosen Ballotelli, for there he would've been sure to get a reaction!

      Michael - 2011-12-21 10:34

      What about John Terry? Surely this should set a precedent! Come on EPL,let's see how unbiased you are.

  • Sean - 2011-12-21 09:26

    Well done to the FA for showing the way .........i don't support neither team but i stand firmly against racism.

      mbossenger - 2011-12-21 09:48

      If Suarez is guilty of racism, he should be punished accordingly; however in this case there was only his word against Evra's, nobody else on the field heard what he allegedly said, so the puhishment seems strange considering it come down to one person's word against the other's.

  • Carlo Hayes - 2011-12-21 09:49

    I've said it before and I'm gonna say it again, soccer is being played by sissies! Looooooooosers!!!!!

      jowza1 - 2011-12-21 12:32

      what do you shoot?

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2011-12-21 10:27

    Isn't this the same man who bragged about his hand of god incident against Ghana in world cup 2010! Karma came to get you! Africa has got its justice now! :)

      Paul - 2011-12-21 11:17

      Yes, he was also the same man who was sent off and missed the remainder of the World Cup. Ghana were awarded a penalty which they missed. They missed more penalties in the shootout and were knocked out. I don't see how his ban gives Africa justice - please elaborate. Suarez was punished to the full extent the rules allowed in the 2010 World Cup. FIFA should update the rules but one cannot blame Suarez for that.

      aadil.esack - 2011-12-21 11:26

      world cup incident - he was a HERO to millions for what he did. Those that don't understand footie called him a "cheat", but he did what he did so that his TEAM had a chance of winning, even if it meant he had to sacrifice being in the semi's himself. And what do you know, Gyan was too useless to score the penalty, so his plan worked !

      Deon - 2011-12-21 11:36

      Aadil.esack you are right in the sense that he used the laws of the game to his advantage and was punished accordingly it still doesn't take away from the fact that he cheated. "Did what he had to do", so you condone diving to win penalties

      Len - 2011-12-21 11:47

      @Paul. You are indeed spot on. Suarez cannot be blamed for cheating and only getting a one game ban, but Evra did not impose the sentence on Suarez and therefore is not to blame for the sanction. Indeed, Suarez corroborated Evra's accusation and his defence was that it is a term used in Uruguay. I presume they have problem calling using Patrice or even Evra, if he wanted to get his attention on the field

      Deon - 2011-12-21 12:01

      "did what he had to do", remember that statement for the future when Liverpool get a penalty awarded against them because an oppostition player has dived. But that statement highlights whats wrong with modern football.

      aadil.esack - 2011-12-21 12:16

      Deon, i do NOT condone diving, handball's OR racism, but I understand what he did at the time, even before he played for LFC. I saw Scholes do the exact same thing at Fulham a few seasons ago - he got a red, Fulham SCORED & that was that - if Gyan scored, it wouldn't have been as big an issue

      Deon - 2011-12-21 12:49

      Completely agree aadil.esack i remember a few players have done it. Your statement of "did what he needed to do", highlights the attitude of most players and it's destroying the game

  • mark.dennill - 2011-12-21 15:53

    it seems as soon as one gets a bit of competition you only have to play the "race card" and hey presto problem solved. now why is it that one never hears of a racist incident from a player of colour against a white player ... because they are real men and know how to handle things. people are far too sensitive when it comes to this sort of thing. get over it you bunch of poofs.

  • Deon - 2011-12-21 17:06

    Suarez has admitted to using a Racial term towards Evra but uses the excuse "it's not offense in South America as his excuse. What more proof does why need and thats why he has been charged.

      Bert - 2011-12-22 14:14

      He used the word 'Negro'. Take it your white? Caucasian? You going to get all hot and bothered if someone refers to you as such? I doubt it. If he'd called him a black b.....d or a n....r or the language John Terry used to Ferdinand, yes, I'd agree with you. His official race class is negro so, he's a negro, ok caucasian

  • Charles - 2011-12-23 06:54

    Racism, what crap. Take note about who is always abused. Do these people have a problem with their colour ? Colour to a South African is always on our mind ? Now that this controversy is raging, lets throw in another wobbler. What about FIFA's Fair Play. Theses guys try and con the Refs with their continual diving. Trying to have the opposition sent off or to gain an unfair advantage. this happens in every game for 90 minutes. Every year FIFA say they will eradicate all unfair play. ha a ha ha. Like jersey pulling & diving, inside and outside the penalty area.

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