Suarez racism case could lag

2011-12-22 13:41

London - Any appeal by Liverpool against the eight-match ban imposed on Luis Suarez for racially abusing another player could drag on into February, reports said on Thursday.

The Uruguayan was banned and fined £40 000 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during their Premier League match on October 15.

Liverpool have 14 days to appeal from the time they receive the full written judgement by the Independent Commission, which issued the ban under the authority of the Football Association.

But The Telegraph newspaper said that judgement may not come until mid-January, meaning Liverpool's appeal may not even be lodged until February.

"It is inconceivable an appeal will not follow given the strength of feeling on Merseyside," The Telegraph said. "However, Liverpool will then run the risk of seeing the ban extended even longer.

"The FA reserves the right to increase the penalty on the Uruguay striker should he request a new panel to convene to reassess the evidence."

Liverpool have given Suarez their unequivocal backing in the case, wearing t-shirts of support before Wednesday's game at Wigan and issuing a joint statement on their official website.


  • Bob - 2011-12-22 15:36

    Brian, nothing I can add to your comment, you have said everything 100% correct, what a tosser this Evra is, as you say he needs to MAN up some.

  • leedsunitedfc - 2011-12-22 15:50

    The fact that Evra went to a french channel and not Sky or BBC shows its a load of rubbish. He has had 2 similar cases thrown out before. How do the FA not see this? THey convicted him on something based on "Evra's word". Pathetic

  • Americo - 2011-12-22 17:01

    I think all players should wear GoPro cameras - this will record everything and save a lot of time

  • Deon - 2011-12-22 18:04

    Fa trying to accomodate United, Now thats the funniest thing i'm heard all year!! Remember Eric Cantona’s 9 month ban (Craig Bellamy escaped punishment for hitting a fan), Rio Ferdinand’s 8 month ban (Toure and Mutu only got 6 month bans for testing positive, when Rio just missed his test and was found clean 24 hours later) Gary Neville kissing his badge (Fowler, Murphy and recently Steven Gerrard who hold up five fingers in celebration escape punishment), Scholes and Rooney’s 3 match league ban for pre-season red cards (when Gerrard escaped a ban after being sent off in the same tournament), Rooney swearing (When Gerrard gave the referee the V-sign in his face after being booked recieved nothing)

  • Van - 2011-12-23 09:01

    Nearly as bad as an African

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