Suarez hit with new FA ban

2011-12-28 15:52

London - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned by the Football Association (FA) for one match and fined £20 000 for a gesture made towards Fulham fans in the 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage earlier this month.

Suarez had admitted the latest charge of improper conduct, and Liverpool have also been fined £20 000 for failing to control their players in the same match - a charge related to the dismissal of midfielder Jay Spearing.

The ruling, announced on Wednesday by the FA, comes little over a week after Suarez was hit with an eight-game suspension for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a match in October.

Suarez had denied the racism allegations and the decision angered Liverpool, who promised to stick by the player and issued a statement in support of the Uruguayan.

Suarez's new ban means he will miss Friday's home game against Newcastle United in the Premier League.

His eight-game suspension is currently on hold, however, as Liverpool have 14 days to appeal once they have received the written judgement from the independent commission that heard the case.

Liverpool admitted the improper conduct charge relating to Spearing's dismissal, after a number of players remonstrated with referee Keith Friend, but they did not accept the financial penalty for the offence.

A statement from the FA read: "Liverpool Football Club have been fined £20 000 by the FA and warned as to their future conduct for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the league fixture at Fulham.

"The club admitted the charge, which was in relation to the dismissal of Jay Spearing, but did not accept the standard £20 000 penalty for the offence.

"However, at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today (Wednesday) the fine was imposed.

"Meanwhile, Liverpool player Luis Suarez will begin a one-match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to the same game.

"Suarez was also fined £20 000 and warned as to his future conduct following a gesture he made towards the Fulham fans at the end of the fixture."

Liverpool made no comment on either Suarez's punishment or the fine imposed on the club.

Kenny Dalglish's side are currently sixth in the Premier League table, three points below the Champions League places, following a 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers on Monday.


  • Sydney - 2011-12-28 17:04

    its clear they 've got it in for suarez ynwa

  • Sean - 2011-12-28 17:45

    this racist moron deserves every bit of punishment that he gets,

      Rodney - 2011-12-28 18:09

      suerez is no racist u fool !!! he is half black , South americans are vocal in their nature , Please think before you post worhless tripe !!!!

      Carl - 2011-12-28 20:46

      so if he is half black he cant be a rasist?...chop

      Paul - 2011-12-29 14:53

      It's fantastic to see how eager people are to accept that Suarez is a racist and how easily they brush aside the possibilities that cultural differences lead to this confusion. It may not have been a confusion at all, perhaps Evra saw an opportunity to put another club at a disadvantage by getting their star player to be banned. Many comments talk about Suarez's past offenses. Yes he had many controversial moments but all these incidents (including the middle finger) were clearly backed up with undeniable evidence. Do I need to point out the difference with the Evra issue? It's amazing how easily people accept Suarez's guilt without any proper evidence. Don't you feel ashamed? Think about it for a minute - you are directing your hatred and fury at someone because you think someone else was racially abused. Why do you accept this so easily? And no, going back to Suarez's past transgressions is embarrassing and irrelevant. It's fantastic to see so many people crusading against racism from their lofty high horses. I bet most of them don't really support the cause and just want a villain to hate on. The FA portray themselves as pious saints and Blatter as the devil after his handshake comment (which was a stupid and unacceptable one). What a fantastic opportunity for them!

      Paul - 2011-12-29 14:54

      If you really want to be technical, the FA did not charge Suarez with racism at all. Read this: "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)" Now, you might say, isn't that the definition of racism? Well, no. The FA have a separate clause for racial discrmination which I imagine they would have used if they were accusing him of racism. "In the event of any breach of Rule E 3(1) including a reference to any one or more of a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability (an "aggravating factor"), a Regulatory Commission shall consider the imposition of an increased sanction." Notice how colour and race are distinct. However everyone, including LFC themselves interpreted this as racism - a poor move from the club I'd say/

  • Jaco Van Der Walt - 2011-12-28 19:16

    Liverpool should rein this guy in! I don't care if he is a South American half black player, he is a paid professional footballer! He should act like one or get out of the game! What a moron...

      Paul - 2011-12-29 14:55

      You don't watch much football, do you?

  • Gerald - 2011-12-29 07:00

    Funny Nobody mentions what that idiot did on the world cup last year. Also just becauase he is half ande and it does not mean he cannot be racist. Rodney you are a complete tosser please mention the other South Americans who behave the same as Saurez

      Paul - 2011-12-29 14:57

      Why is that funny? What does what happened last year have anything to do with this? Are you saying he cheated against Ghana because they are black? Really? I fail to see any relevance.

  • Adrian - 2011-12-29 08:14

    this is so brilliant. first he did it to ghana in the world cup. the guy has no morals. and i'm loving this suspension. if he carrys on he play the rest of the year. go suarez and make us proud, get banned for the rest of the season

  • Donald - 2011-12-29 08:50

    I don't blame him for making a gesture towards the Fulham supporters,I would have done the same as it gets a bit irritating when everytime you touch the ball they boo you.I feel that the ref should have spoken to Fulhams management earlier.

  • Paul - 2011-12-29 09:02

    What goes on the field should stay on the field. Otherwise go play bowls with your Aunt Agnes. It's time for all sportsmen, regardless of colour, to get rid of their inferiority complexes. We are all the same! When are you ever going to get it?

      Donald - 2011-12-29 09:08

      @Paul.This could only come from a man yoo brainless twit.

      Paul - 2011-12-29 18:31

      Carpet glue aint good for you, Donald.

  • Thopa - 2011-12-29 10:47

    This chop denied Ghana the chance to become the first team from Africa to feauture at a soccer world cup semi final by blocking a clear goal with his hand... I'll neva forgive him

      Donald - 2011-12-29 11:03

      Best move in history :)

      Paul - 2011-12-29 14:26

      Hate the outdated rules of the game - not the player. Are you going to blame Suarez for Ghana missing their penalties as well?

      Paul - 2011-12-29 18:38

      It's no use debating this, Paul. With some people emotion rules so strongly that solid reason seems silly. Imagine what an amazing place Africa could be for everyone if animal instinct and emotion could be held in check by simple discipline?

  • Meshack Letswalo - 2011-12-29 11:29

    Suarez is Latino not white. If he makes racist statements thinking he's white then obviously the joke is on him. Why punish a kettle for calling a pot black? With all the pounds he's getting for scoring only 7 goals in 25 matches, he should use it for his denture.

      Paul - 2011-12-29 14:28

      Insulting a player based on his physical attributes - classy. Almost like insulting someone based on their skin colour?

      Paul - 2011-12-29 18:39

      Bet you wouldn't mind him striking for Bafana...

  • Michael - 2011-12-29 23:40

    Suarez reminds me of Ronaldo. Always diving and crying. Now racism and crowd abuse!!! As great a player as he is, he is not needed in the game. He is only great when playing and he now faces 9 games suspension!!! His has now let his club and fans down. He is an embarrassment to his club, his family and especially to himself. How do players like him and Renaldo face their wives / girlfriends after crying like babies for every little bump they take on the field? You don't see that kind of behaviour in rugby which is far more physical.

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