After several weeks of investigation, the English FA today gave Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an 8 match ban coupled with a $60,000 fine for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. This is the second time in Suarez’s career that he has been given a hefty ban for disciplinary issues.In November 2007, he was banned for seven matches after being found guilty of biting PSV’s Otman Bakkal.
Suarez’s club, Liverpool, issued a statement supporting their player and condemning the verdict. Suarez still has a decision pending with the FA regarding a gesture he made to Fulham fans during their Premier League game with Liverpool.
I’m of the opinion that the FA were backed into a corner with this whole set of circumstances. They could not find Suarez innocent especially after leading the charge condemning Sepp Blatter’s comments about racism in football. The question was really about how bad the fine would be. We now have to wonder how the FA will rule in a similar case involving Chelsea’s John Terry and QPR’s Anton Ferdinand which is still being investigated by local police.
The moral of this story is “shut your mouth”. You never know who is listening.