Liverpool fury at FA fine as Suarez handed fresh suspension
Published 29/12/2011 | 05:00
LIVERPOOL'S deteriorating relationship with the English FA took another turn for the worse yesterday as star striker Luis Suarez was handed a one-match ban and fined £20,000 to add to the eight-game suspension and £40,000 fine he is already facing.
The club were also fined £20,000 for failing to control their players during the fractious defeat to Fulham earlier this month.
The Suarez suspension means the Uruguayan will miss Liverpool's clash with Newcastle tomorrow night after being hit with a second ban in a week by the FA.
Suarez, still awaiting the written findings of the independent commission which last week imposed an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, will sit out tomorrow's fixture after admitting a charge of improper conduct following an obscene gesture made towards the Fulham supporters at Craven Cottage on December 5.
There was anger among Liverpool supporters, however, with many querying why United's Gary Neville escaped censure for aiming a one-finger gesture at Carlos Tevez during a Carling Cup tie against Manchester City in January 2010.
Ashley Cole's escape from punishment for aiming a V-sign at Arsenal fans while playing for Chelsea in 2007 was also highlighted.
Manager Kenny Dalglish said that no decision will be made on any appeal in the racism case until the club has studied the findings of the commission.
He said: "You've got two weeks (after receiving the findings) to decide whether to appeal."
Despite claims by Alex Ferguson last week that the FA made the "right decision" in finding Suarez guilty of racially abusing Evra, Dalglish refused to respond to the United manager's comments. (© Daily Telegraph, London)