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Dalglish declares war on FA

KENNY DALGLISH and Liverpool FC are ready to go to war with the English FA to overturn an eight match ban and the guilty verdict handed out to Luis Suarez in the Patrice Evra racism case.

The Independent Regulatory Commission acting for the FA found that Suarez was guilty of misconduct and handed out an eight game ban plus a fine of £40,000.

But Liverpool responded immediately with a furious statement filled with language which leaves only one course of action open and almost certainly means that the Suarez/Evra battle is likely to end up in the civil courts.

"It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suarez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November," said the statement.

"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 look forward to the publication of the Commission's Judgment," added the statement. "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."

In purely practical terms, Dalglish will be horrified by a ban which cuts the heart out of his team at a time when Liverpool were showing signs of progression.

Evra claimed that Suarez racially abused him "at least 10 times" in an interview with French TV channel Canal+ but Dalglish and Liverpool FC have stood behind their man from the start and have rejected the claim.

It would appear that the IRC found against Suarez based solely on the word of Evra and without any corroboration from third parties.

Dalglish was particularly trenchant in his defence and cited Suarez's background and upbringing as reasons why he would never engage in racist abuse.

Suarez is of mixed race and has a black grandfather and even Evra in his submission to the IRC said in his remarks that he did not believe that Suarez was a racist.

However, the IRC statement confirmed that Suarez had broken rule E3 (2) of their regulations.

The statement read: "An Independent Regulatory Commission has today 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."

Liverpool have 14 days to lodge an appeal which means that Suarez will be available for tonight's Premier League game at Wigan.


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