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Liverpool’s Luis Suarez Earns Eight-Game Ban for Being a Racist

| by Alex Groberman

Part-time Liverpool striker and full-time racist Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined $62,000 on Tuesday after he was found to have racially abused Patrice Evra of Manchester United.

Upon analysis of the accusations made against Suarez, an English Football Association panel determined that claims regarding him directing racial insults at Evra back on November 15 were in fact true. The confrontation, mind you, occurred during a Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool.

''The insulting words used by Mr. Suarez included a reference to Mr. Evra's colour,'' the Football Association said in a statement.

Predictably, Liverpool refused to acknowledge that their guy was responsible for any wrongdoing.

''It is our strong held belief, having gone over the facts of the case, that Luis Suarez did not commit any racist act,'' Liverpool said in a statement.

''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 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,'' Liverpool added. ''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.

''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 color of a person's skin does not matter; they can all play together as a team,'' the statement went on to say.

''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 recognize the way in which Luis Suarez has been characterized.''

Suarez kept his reaction short and sweet on his Twitter account:

''Today is a very difficult and painful day for both me and my family. Thanks for all the support, I'll keep working!"

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