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Liverpool’s Suarez Won’t Appeal 8-Match Ban for Racist Abuse

January 03, 2012

(Updates with comments from Liverpool and Suarez in final three paragraphs.)

Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Liverpool forward Luis Suarez won’t appeal his eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a Premier League match on Oct. 15.

The suspension will begin immediately after the Uruguayan’s team decided not to contest the decision of an Independent Regulatory Commission, English soccer’s Football Association said today in an e-mailed statement. Suarez will also pay a 40,000-pound ($63,000) fine.

The player was found guilty of misconduct and warned about his future behavior for using “insulting words” toward Evra during the 1-1 tie at Anfield, including a reference to the Senegal-born defender’s color, the F.A. said Dec. 20.

The club said it won’t pursue an appeal as it wants to put the “matter to rest” and not obscure its efforts to tackle racism. Still, Liverpool said it disagreed with the decision.

“It is our strongly held conviction that the Football Association and the panel it selected constructed a highly subjective case against Luis Suarez based on an accusation that was ultimately unsubstantiated,” Liverpool said today on its website.

Suarez said today on the team’s website that he “never had any racial problem with a teammate or individual who was of a different race or color.”

The player said he would accept the suspension “with the resignation of someone who hasn’t done anything wrong and who feels extremely upset by the events.”

--Editors: James Cone, Tariq Panja.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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