Liverpool Football Club is very surprised and disappointed with the decision of the Football Association Commission to find Luis Suarez guilty of the charges against him.
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.
He has played with black players and mixed with their families whilst with the Uruguay national side and was Captain at Ajax Amsterdam of a team with a proud multi-cultural profile, many of whom became good friends.
It seems incredible to us that a player of mixed heritage should be accused and found guilty in the way he has based on the evidence presented. We do not recognise the way in which Luis Suarez has been characterised.
It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suarez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November. Nothing we have heard in the course of the hearing has changed our view that Luis Suarez is innocent of the charges brought against him and we will provide Luis with whatever support he now needs to clear his name.
We would also like to know when the FA intend to charge Patrice Evra with making abusive remarks to an opponent after he admitted himself in his evidence to insulting Luis Suarez in Spanish in the most objectionable of terms. Luis, to his credit, actually told the FA he had not heard the insult.
The statement appears to be a bit of a contradiction as apparently Liverpool's defence involved arguing that the word "negro" does not necessarily have racist connotations in Uruguay, sounds like they need to get their story straight it either didn't happen or it happened but wasn't meant, what is it? It can't be both!
You can be stupid in the moment but that is not the same thing as being a racist. That has been accepted by all parties involved. The only thing in dispute is whether or not there was intent and whether Suarez's defence of cultural difference held any substance. Even if that defence were accepted, I still expected some kind of ban for using such language, even if it was upheld there was no intentFeels a bit 70's to me. That's not to say I think he's racist, I honestly don't know either way and probably never will. Of course I hope he's not.
Donnacha said:Where is the contradiction in the statement? There's no mention in there of anything you say (unless you are referring to some other statement?) - they are saying that there are no witnesses to the alleged abuse that took place and therefore have made a decision based on one player's word over the other, that same player that also said that the accused is not a racist !!!
1 Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1);
2 the insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra's colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2);
3 Mr Suarez shall be warned as to his future conduct, be suspended for eight matches covering all first team competitive matches and fined the sum of £40,000;
4 the [penalty] is suspended pending the outcome of any appeal lodged by Mr Suarez against this decision.
But that does not mean he didn't use racist terms to try and wind Evra up.
Who were the panel and what are the supposed links to SAF ?