Luis Suarez Banned 8 Matches by FA

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Liverpool striker and Uruguayan national Luis Suarez was banned 8 games today by England’s Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, cited for calling him a “Negro” on multiple occasions in a game in October. Suarez will also be fined £40,000.

Suárez has 14 days to appeal the ruling and sentence.

Suárez admitted calling Evra a “Negro” but denied it was an insult. He reciprocally alleged it was a reply being “South American” by his opponent. Evra alleged he was racially insulted 10 times by Suárez.

The ruling will bring more attention to the ongoing case of Chelsea instigator John Terry who was marked later that month by QPR’s Anton Ferdinand for a single racial taunt.

The ruling also calls into question the recent remarks and comments by FIFA president Sepp Blatter who suggested that racism on the field be dealt with between the players and settled with a handshake.

It’s astounding that in this day and age that this type of garish, unsportsmanlike behavior continues, but is also subject for debate. There is no room in sports for Suarez’s onfield commentary, within or external to the gamesmanship at hand.

Update:

Liverpool have issued a statement, expressing shock at the verdict:

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.

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Aren’t, like, 95% of rape cases based on the sole testimony of a single victim? Why does this shock anybody?

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    • Posted by Bode on 2011/12/20 at 2:05 PM

      Normally people do not have sex with 20 other people officiated by 4-5 referees on the same field in front of 45,000 fans while being broadcast on international television

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      • Posted by dth on 2011/12/20 at 2:14 PM

        Wait…that’s not how it works?

        Well I’m going to have to have a few hard conversations in the next few days.

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  2. Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/12/20 at 3:35 PM

    Considering how Evra behaved as Captain of Les Bleus a few summers ago, his word and character aren’t exactly sterling. (Although Domenech could drive anyone to extreme behavior).
    maybe Carroll put in a word for Evra to keep Suarez from making him look so damn awful and lazy for at least 8 games. This is one of those silly heat of battle things that used to just get handled with a hard tackle back in the good old days. And its not like Suarez has a rep for this…
    now Terry on the other hand…
    more important, with Pool on the upswing where are the goals and are real creative energy going to come from?…hopefully not waiting for Downing to light it up…
    does he officially now captain the overrated English player team…or does Gareth Barry own that badge? And actually we could make it the Exclusively Left Overrated English Player Team.
    BTW- I owe TSG an apology for contradicting ALL of the saliva spilled over Scott Parker the last few yrs. He has been a fantastic player for Spurs this yr. he’s officially removed from the 1st team all hype roster.

    Peace to all and thanks for another year of great football/soccer journalism. (Yep, I used the j-word)

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  3. Posted by Jared on 2011/12/20 at 4:12 PM

    I thought Suarez had confirmed that he had called Evra a “Negrito” which in South America is not technically a slur when used amongst friends. Obviously, it’s not a shock that Evra got upset over that since I’m sure he didn’t know that at the time and they’re not friends.

    I love how he states that it was in reply to being called South American. I don’t know how that is a slur considering he is a South American.

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  4. Posted by GeorgeCross [@BhasViswanathan] on 2011/12/20 at 6:26 PM

    “Suárez admitted calling Evra a “Negro” but denied it was an insult. He reciprocally alleged it was a reply being “South American” by his opponent. Evra alleged he was racially insulted 10 times by Suárez. The ruling will bring more attention to the ongoing case of Chelsea instigator John Terry who was marked later that month by QPR’s Anton Ferdinand for a single racial taunt.”

    The number of times should not matter. There should be a zero tolerance policy towards racism. End of story. It would be nice if the FA lived up to their own “Kick It Out Campaign” and prove it is not just lip service / PR in order to get tournament. Furthermore, the FA can be the first to point to racism in other countries, especially the former Yugoslavia and Soviet republics. They need to ban Terry, England captain or not. After seeing the footage myself, I am under no illusion as to what he said. I am thoroughly ashamed that it has taken this long to do the right thing.

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  5. Posted by kaya on 2011/12/21 at 12:36 AM

    Haven’t seen the footage, negro does just technically mean black in spanish, though ;)
    I’m really torn about this because I’m pretty sure in real life I wouldn’t like to spend 5 minutes with either of these guys, but is “negro” such a slur? It’s an insult, sure, but I’m imagining the typical on-field interactions amongst these guys to regularly involve some really nasty words.

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    • Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/12/21 at 3:26 PM

      But isn’t that part of the point? Why make a reference to skin colour in the first place?

      Next thing we’ll hear is the golden oldie: “I’m not racist, I have black friends”…

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  6. Posted by EFG on 2011/12/21 at 6:27 AM

    Already bracing myself for the John Terry wrist slap…

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