Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been charged with racism by the Football Association after a complaint was lodged by Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw between the sides on 15 October. The FA’s statement, published on its official website on Wednesday, said: “It is alleged that Suárez used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Manchester United's Patrice Evra contrary to FA rules. It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.”
Evra had told the French media that Suarez had been trying to “to try to wind me up” and that “there are cameras, you can see him say a certain word to me at least 10 times. There is no place for that in 2011”.
Liverpool responded to the FA charge by releasing a statement on their own website:
“The club this afternoon received notification from the Football Association of their decision to charge Luis Suárez and will take time to properly review the documentation which has been sent to us.
“We will discuss the matter fully with him when he returns from international duty, but he will plead not guilty to the charge and we expect him to request a personal hearing. Luis remains determined to clear his name of the allegation made against him by Patrice Evra. The club remains fully supportive of Luis in this matter.”
If Suarez is proven guilty, it will be a big blow to Liverpool as a lengthy six-match ban accompanied by a hefty fine could be imposed on him. The Uruguayan playmaker has been their best player so far this season, and displayed some brilliant goal-scoring form when he scored all four goals when Uruguay beat Chile 4-0 in the third round of the South American qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup.