Liverpool Football club has officially stated that the club will not appeal against the 8 match ban on their Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. Which would mean that Luis Suarez’s 8 match ban starts from the fixture against Manchester City on 3 Dec 12.
The striker actually might end up missing only four premier league games if Liverpool manage to beat Oldham in FA Cup. And would be back in the fixture against Spurs on 6 Feb 12. If they fail to beat Oldham then it would be the fixture against Manchester United on 11 Feb 12 which would mark the return of Luis Suarez.
Statement from Liverpool Football Club read, ” The FA and the panel chose to consistently and methodically accept and embrace arguments leading to a set of conclusions that found Mr. Suarez to “probably” be guilty while in the same manner deciding to completely dismiss the testimony that countered their overall suppositions.
Mr. Evra was deemed to be credible in spite of admitting that he himself used insulting and threatening words towards Luis and that his initial charge as to the word used was somehow a mistake.
The facts in this case were that an accusation was made, a rebuttal was given and there was video of the match. The remaining facts came from testimony of people who did not corroborate any accusation made by Mr. Evra.
In its determination to prove its conclusions to the public through a clearly subjective 115-page document, the FA panel has damaged the reputation of one the Premier League’s best players, deciding he should be punished and banned for perhaps a quarter of a season. This case has also provided a template in which a club’s rival can bring about a significant ban for a top player without anything beyond an accusation.
Nevertheless, there are ultimately larger issues than whether or not Luis Suarez has been treated fairly by the Football Association in this matter. There are important points we want to make today that overshadow what has occurred…..Read More