IS SUAREZ BAN WAY TOO HARSH

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By Ryan Benson

Liverpool have issued a statement claiming they are “very surprised” and “disappointed” at the FA’s decision to give Luis Suarez an eight-match ban for insulting language towards Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

Suarez has been found guilty by the independent commission of using insulting words making reference to the colour of Evra’s skin and the ban will kick in after the likely subsequent appeal from the club on behalf of their striker.

Following the commission’s decision, the club issued a statement speaking of their surprise that they found the striker guilty, citing Suarez’s multi-cultural background as evidence that what he said was not intended to be racist, while Liverpool also believe the lack of witnesses makes it “extraordinary” that the former Ajax man can be declared guilty.

The statement on Liverpool’s official website read: “Liverpool Football Club is very surprised and disappointed with the decision of the Football Association Commission to find Luis Suarez guilty of the charges against him.

“We look forward to the publication of the Commission’s Judgment. We will study the detailed reasons of the Commission once they become available, but reserve our right to appeal or take any other course of action we feel appropriate with regards to this situation.”

The statement stresses that the argument has been Evra’s word against Suarez’s, a reason why they feel so aggrieved by the decision, while they also claim the France defender has a history of “unfounded allegations”.

It continues: “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 team-mates 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.

“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.”

Liverpool’s statement goes on to point out Suarez’ heritage, with one of his grandparents being black, while he has also worked as part of a charitable project where he helped to get rid of racism.

Liverpool and Suarez have 14 days to appeal the punishments that have been dealt out and the ban will not come into action until the final verdict is given, therefore the Uruguayan will be available to feature over Christmas.

LIVERPOOL’S OFFICIAL STATEMENT IN FULL

“Liverpool Football Club is very surprised and disappointed with the decision of the Football Association Commission to find Luis Suarez guilty of the charges against him.

“We look forward to the publication of the Commission’s Judgment. We will study the detailed reasons of the Commission once they become available, but reserve our right to appeal or take any other course of action we feel appropriate with regards to this situation.

“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 Club takes extremely seriously the fight against all forms of discrimination and has a long and successful track record in work relating to anti-racist activity and social inclusion.

“We remain committed to this ideal and equality for all, irrespective of a person’s background.

“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.

“It is key to note that Patrice Evra himself in his written statement in this case said ‘I don’t think that Luis Suarez is racist’. The FA in their opening remarks accepted that Luis Suarez was not racist.

“Luis himself is of a mixed race family background as his grandfather was black. He has been personally involved since the 2010 World Cup in a charitable project which uses sport to encourage solidarity amongst people of different backgrounds with the central theme that the colour of a person’s skin does not matter; they can all play together as a team.

“He has played with black players and mixed with their families whilst with the Uruguay national side and was Captain at Ajax Amsterdam of a team with a proud multi-cultural profile, many of whom became good friends.

“It seems incredible to us that a player of mixed heritage should be accused and found guilty in the way he has based on the evidence presented. We do not recognise the way in which Luis Suarez has been characterised.

“It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suarez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November.

“Nothing we have heard in the course of the hearing has changed our view that Luis Suarez is innocent of the charges brought against him and we will provide Luis with whatever support he now needs to clear his name.

“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. Luis, to his credit, actually told the FA he had not heard the insult.”

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Bahia Carnita Docrat
    About damn time! The EPL is a world-renowned brand. No place for Suarez’s type of hooliganism (I say this very tongue-in-cheek)!!!

  2. Naseem Mayet
    FA is ridiculous. What about terry. There’s no evidence, just a manc getting his way. Suarez is no saint regarding his past. 8 games, like a cruciate ligament injury man

  3. Naseem Mayet
    Obviously Im against racism. But is the ban too harsh. And again its Evras word against . I watched a documentary on racism. Players reckon its rife. In Rome the Lazio fans were known.In Spain they taunted Eto with chants. Football unites against Racism. But is 8 gamed just for such a case with no blatant evidence

  4. Aadil Lakhi
    Yes racism is rife in Italy, Eastern Europe and to a lesser extent in Spain. But that’s from fans not fellow players (mostly). This is a high profile case and it puts the FA/EPL in a tough position because they need to appear to be tough on racism. The decision is entirely political. Whether its fair or not is irrelevant. They’re hoping the controversy will die down and they can sweep the Terry issue under the carpet. I don’t think it’s going away. The Suarez incident could be some kind of cultural mix-up but Terry on Anton Ferdinand – what’s his explanation? That incident was close to the goals so could the mics have picked up something? Terry looks like a guilty man. Maybe he always looks like that because he’s a thug. Lets see if the FA have the stones to strip him of the captaincy and his place in the national side.

  5. Naseem Mayet
    If both found guilty, there’s big shit agreed, but there could be a case of mis using the racial issue. More proof is needed, maybe by fellow players, its ghastly I agree if the accused is guilty but equally disappointing if one is falsely accused . Sport has its ugly side. Same way we felt about the dean jones comment to hashim amla. That was blatant. Just thinking if it wasn’t picked up would we have known. Or the darren scott incident .

  6. Ahmed Ismail
    Da fa based their decision on facts after thorough investigation.its not’ a manc getting there way’.u guys new wat u wer buyin( a loose canon) we saw it in da world cup.get on with da game.one player doesnt make a team besides u stil got carol… Lol

  7. Ahmed Bharoochi
    Wots ridiculous? Your best player Luis Suarez being banned for 8 games or a player being banned 8 games for rascist remarks? Wud the reaction still be the same if it was an unknown player in the reserves??? Or wud we be saying he got wot he deserves? Like Evra said thers hundreds of cameras around the ground that wud pick up wot he said! & the FA had to hav found something to giv such a harsh ban otherwise ther Media will be asking questions???

  8. Suhail Patel
    they based there decision on Eva word alone not even a team mate could back him up! And as for evra its not the first time he has cried racisim. let see if John Terry get similar sentence … bet he will not because he is Englands golden boy And if you saw the game he clearly made remarks at Anton

  9. Thirusha Pather
    I call it karma deny an african brother in 1 continent, a brother in another continent will ensure the hand of justice

  10. Ziyaad Mayet
    This is just another way of Ferguson’s Man utd flexing their muscles and pushing the FA when its convenient! Also because its against liverpool and their new star! If it was Andy Carrol chanting racist comments into the mic head, nobody would have even bothered! F#*k if u wanted to make an eg. Terry was the perfect oppurtunity but the FA could never do that to the English Captain- so make Suarez the convenient option. Whose NEXT?

  11. Sadek Dhorat
    racism is unacceptable…all guilty partys should be served harsh sentences…saurez if guilty deserves what he got..its got nothing to do with utd or liverpool…

  12. Sufyaan Sarang
    Video evidence against Terry, no action. Evra’s word against Suarez, 8 game ban. Seems fair to me…. by English standards. By the way, Suarez grandad is black…

  13. Yusuf Seth
    Your GF being black doesn’t mean you can”t make racist remarks. Most of our great GF’s are original papa’s from the subcontinent yet we don’t hesitate to mock the IP’s that are here, make fun of them and abuse them! The scum admitted Suarez made remarks to Evra and then claimed in Uruguay its not offensive if you call him that. Guess what, he’s not in Uruguay so he should learn about what’s acceptable in the country he plays. If he allowed to bite okes in the Netherlands doesn’t mean he can act like a rabid dog in England.

  14. Naseem Mayet
    I’m sure kenny asked him and said suarez. “Did you tell evra this” if you did own up its ok. Suarez must have said “gaffer (term for manager in england) qasam, I didn’t say it. Kenny then said ” ok lfc and I stand behind you my son. Its your word against his, ” I’m trying to play out the scenario here.

  15. Yusuf Seth
    Your scenario is wrong, this what went down. Kenny: “Luis you bucked tooth ugly as f*ck swine did you say something to Evra?” Luis: “Yes Gaffer, i called him a …!” Kenny: “Oh shit, we’re going to be in sheeeeet almost as beeeeg as Mexico!” Luis: “Don’t worry I’ll say in Uruguay its ok to call black people that!” Kenny: “lovely, that should do it and call you ask Gus Poyet, a fellow Uruguayan to confirm that’s how things work in Uruguay and we’ll issue a statement that your grandfather was black!” Luis: “Ok gaffer and i”ll also say some of my best friends are black and you can post some some pics of me at the 2010 WC, there were lots of black people around so i can’t be accused of making racist remarks!”

  16. Naseem Mayet
    Like I said racism is not tolerated. Our boy says he’s innocent, kenny believes him. How can anfield be racist tirusha.
    about an hour ago

    What next seth, spielberg and hollywood accuses heidi klum of being a racist. The mans grandfather was black. As bianconero we stood by thuram when the lazio fans abused him and there were isolated incidents involving lilian. That was blatant. This is one mans word

  17. Yusuf Seth
    What does the man’s grandfather have anything to do with him racially abusing an oke? That’s the stupidest logic and defense of racism I ever heard in my life! Swoosh, do you call okes from the subcontinent Pappa’s, do you mock the way they speak and act, do you call them derogatory terms? Yes, you do but your great grandfather was from the subcontinent so how is it possible that you do that to the Pappas?

  18. Naseem Mayet
    so u saying if i laugh at two papas holding hands and say wtf its a racist comment. Again I say. Its Evras word against our boy. Evras been crying whole season, A tactic of the french. Its Evras word against Suarez. If your son comes home from school and said Pinocchio stole his fone. Who would you believe

  19. Yusuf Seth
    No what i’m saying is that you can’t use the stupid logic that his grandtoppie was black as a defence that he can’t have said something racist. The fact that we mock pappas openly proves the point that where your grandfather comes from or his colour has no bearing on how you behave or act towards people. I’ll repeat my point – Bucky admitted he called Evra something, the scum confirmed this and defended his actions by saying in uruguay its acceptable to use that term when referring to black people! So its not Evra’s word against his, he admitted to using a term but now tried to blame cultural ignorance for his behaviour!

  20. Naseem Mayet ?
    @ GUYS that agree with Terry Ban. JT is the son. The FA will never strip him of his captaincy and miss the Euros. Almost impossible

  21. Thirusha Pather
    We r all racists in 1 way or another, but when u publicly show it, there r consequences 2 follow….do any of u remember when england came down in 2003 & becks had that horrible braids, most white guys incl stevie g, paul scholes etc refused 2 c madiba cos they claimed they were tired…racism lives within us all its just how we deal with it in public & in our moments of anger that separates a gentlemen 4rm a scum bag

  22. it is NOT one mans word versus another. suarez ADMITTED using the word.he says he did not know it was derogatory. then why did he (suarez) say it apparently 10 times?? especially after evra warned him not too. the guilty verdict was given because of suarez’s continued use of languauge that he knew was racist.however scouse fans love to feel they are being persecuted. HOW can a person in this day and age and playing in europe for for over 5 years not know that the N-word is derogatory and shame on liverpool for defending him.racism is a bigger issue than blind support of LFC.

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