Tuesday 20 December 2011
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 by the Football Association after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
Uruguay international Suarez had an altercation with French defender Evra in the match between the two teams on October 15th.
Following an investigation, an independent regulatory commission announced on Tuesday that Evra's allegations against Suarez were proven.
Suarez has 14 days to appeal against the decision and if he does the penalty will be suspended until after the outcome.
In a statement on Tuesday, Liverpool said they reserved their right to appeal.
The club added: "[Liverpool] 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."