Suarez why I don’t believe the excuse

20 Dec

Firstly I want to point out that this article is not about the United Liverpool rivalry. I think the subject matter is too important – Racism.

These are the facts as I believe them to be, Evra claimed Suarez racially abused him numerous times during the game. He even complained to the ref. Suarez has admitted he said certain things which he does not believe are racist and not racist in his country.

Well presumably if Suarez believes this he would have used these explanations countless times during his time in England. Why would he not? According to him they are not offensive so why restrict it to the football field? Of course you wouldn’t,  are we now to believe that the player has used these words frequently and no one has ever picked him up on how offensive they can be to people?

I would like to know what the ref said to Suarez and if he continued and what was in the referees report. These cases are very important because they send out a message to all of us. I know many people hate political correctness and also feel at times worried what they can and cannot say regarding skin tone but in truth that is a small price to pay seeing the countless negative aspects of racism.

What we are all waiting to see isn’t if Suarez is fined or banneand the lengthy of the ban but to see if the governing boy of football is going to take racism seriously.

Suarez has been given a £40,000 fine and an 8 match ban here is the full statement from the FA

An Independent Regulatory Commission has today [Tuesday 20 December 2011] found a charge of misconduct against Luis Suarez proven, and have issued a suspension for a period of eight matches as well as fining him £40,000, pending appeal.

On 16 November 2011, The Football Association charged Luis Suarez with misconduct contrary to FA Rule E3 in relation to the Liverpool FC versus Manchester United FC fixture on 15 October 2011.

A hearing took place from 14-20 December 2011 before an Independent Regulatory Commission of The FA to consider the charge.

The Independent Regulatory Commission announced its decision on 20 December 2011, which is as follows:

  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.

The Independent Regulatory Commission will provide written reasons for its decision in due course setting out:

(a)          the findings of fact made by it;

(b)          the reasons for its decision finding the charge proved; and

(c)           the reasons for the penalty.

Mr Suarez has the right to appeal the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission to an Appeal Board. An appeal must be lodged within 14 days of the date of the written reasons for the decision.

The penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should Mr Suarez decide not to appeal. The reason for this is to ensure that the penalty does not take effect before any appeal so that Mr Suarez has an effective right of appeal.

Liverpool Statement

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.


2 Responses to “Suarez why I don’t believe the excuse”

  1. dtgreen December 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I don’t care what he says mate, any grown man playing top flight football in Europe/the World must know about these kind of racial slurs. I find it hard to believe that anyone his age could not know. Clearly lawyers advice that lead him to make that statement.

    He should be made an example of, not because of the fact I’m far from fond of Liverpool FC, but because that kind of behavior is simply not acceptable in any sport. Hopefully a harsh punishment will come from this, which should put others off doing the same!

    • themancunianred December 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      I can see that in different countries racism is not seen in the same light but as I said he has been here long enough to have a good idea what is acceptable and what isn’t. But I agree the message has to be sent loud and clear and only a lengthy ban will send the right message.

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