Thursday, December 22, 2011

Liverpool players still support Suarez despite guilty verdict

A joint statement was released by Liverpool players on the club website.

The statement read: "Luis Suárez is our team‑mate and our friend and as a group of players we are shocked and angered that he has been found guilty by the FA. We know he is not racist. We are a squad of many different nationalities and backgrounds. All of us support the club's commitment to fighting racism. All of us accept there is no place in the game for any form of discrimination. As a group of players we totally support the Kick it Out Campaign. We have lived, trained and played with Luis for almost 12 months and we don't recognise the way he has been portrayed. We will continue to support Luis through this difficult period, and as a popular and respected friend of all his team-mates, he will not walk alone."

Suarez was found guilty for racially abusing Patrice Evra and was banned for eight games and fined 40,000 pounds.

Liverpool have 14 days in which to appeal against the extent of the FA's punishment once they receive the commission's findings in writing.