Liverpool have responded angrily to the news that Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
The club released a statement on their official website that they would take every step possible to fight the punishment and also called on the FA to charge Evra for the abuse levelled at Suarez.
It read: “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.
“It is key to note that Patrice Evra himself in his written statement in this case said ‘I don’t think that Luis Suarez is racist’.
The FA in their opening remarks accepted that Luis Suarez was not racist.
“Luis himself is of a mixed race family background as his grandfather was black.
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 colour of a person’s skin does not matter; they can all play together as a team.