Premier League - Liverpool decline to appeal Suarez ban

Tue, 03 Jan 18:30:00 2012

Liverpool will not appeal against Luis Suarez's eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, the club announced on Tuesday.

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The Uruguayan forward was handed the suspension by the Football Association on December 20, following a lengthy investigation, as well as being given a £40,000 fine, while the independent regulatory commission's 115-page report was released on New Year's Eve.

Having assessed the findings, Liverpool have notified the Football Association they will not contest the ban - which takes effect immediately, ruling him out of Tuesday's match against Manchester City.

He will miss five Premier League matches, Friday's FA Cup third round match with Oldham and both legs of the Carling Cup semi-final against City as things stand but Liverpool's progress in the FA Cup could see the games he misses change.

An FA statement confirmed: "Suarez will be suspended with immediate effect for a period of eight matches, starting with this evening’s fixture against Manchester City. "

Liverpool said in a long statement they remained unhappy with the decision but thought it in the best interests of the game not to appeal.

"Continuing a fight for justice in this particular case beyond today would only obscure the fact that the club wholeheartedly supports the efforts of the Football Association, the Football League and the Premier League to put an end to any form of racism in English football," their statement said.

"It is time to put the Luis Suarez matter to rest and for all of us, going forward, to work together to stamp out racism in every form both inside and outside the sport.

"It is for this reason that we will not appeal the eight-game suspension of Luis Suarez."

Suarez issued his own statement insisting he had done nothing wrong: "In my country, 'negro' is a word we use commonly, a word which doesn't show any lack of respect and is even less so a form of racist abuse. Based on this, everything which has been said so far is totally false," he said.

"I will carry out the suspension with the resignation of someone who hasn't done anything wrong and who feels extremely upset by the events. I do feel sorry for the fans and for my team mates whom I will not be able to help during the next month. It will be a very difficult time for me.

"The only thing I wish for at the moment is being able to run out again at Anfield and to do what I like most which is playing football."

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