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Suarez found guilty

FLASHPOINT: Luis Suarez (left) with Patrice Evra during the match at Anfield in October

THE FOOTBALL Association has come down hard on Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. The Anfield striker has been handed an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

The Uruguay striker, 24, clashed with Evra during a 1-1 draw at Anfield on 15 October.

An independent regulatory commission announced on Tuesday that Evra's allegations against Suarez were proven. Suarez, who denied the allegations, has 14 days to appeal against the decision.

Many within the football fraternity were at a loss as to why the FA had taken so long to come to a decision. However, the sensitive nature of the case meant that details of the October incident had to be ratified.

The seven-day hearing, which concluded on Tuesday, was told Suarez used insulting words including a reference to Evra's colour. Liverpool and the club's manager Kenny Dalglish had backed their player throughout the case.

The FA statement read: "The penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should Mr Suarez decide not to appeal.

"The reason for this is to ensure that the penalty does not take effect before any appeal so that Mr Suarez has an effective right of appeal."

The Liverpool forward told media in home country that he "called him something his team-mates at Manchester call him".

Evra made his claims immediately after the match and was quoted as telling French TV station Canal Plus: "There are cameras, you can see [Suarez] say a certain word to me at least 10 times."

Evra reported his complaint after the game to match referee Andre Marriner who included it in his report.

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