Suarez banned for 8 games in race row

Updated: December 20, 2011

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

The Uruguay international is now set to serve an eight match ban and will be fined £40,000 after an Independent Regulatory Commission found a charge of misconduct against him proven.

Despite the case being one man’s word against the other, the committee, made up of Paul Goulding QC, Brian Jones and Denis Smith decided that there was enough evidence to find the 24 year old guilty of abusing Evra and referring to his ‘ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race’.

The verdict has been two months in the making, with the incident taking place on October 15th when the Manchester United and Liverpool shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Both players had clashed throughout the second half of the game with Evra insisting that Suarez had abused him on numerous occasions during the second 45 minutes. The French international had the backing of his boss not to mention his team mates and was believed to be confident in his case.

Things could get even worse for Liverpool, who backed the player throughout the case, with Suarez still to face a separate FA charge of improper conduct for an obscene gesture made towards Fulham fans.

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