Friday 18 October 2019

reds stand firm in racism row

A challenge to the Court of Arbitration for Sport has been mooted as a possible response, but that would require both parties agreeing to hand jurisdiction to the Swiss-based organisation. There is no possibility that the FA would agree to this.

Nevertheless, Liverpool have vowed to "provide Luis with whatever support he now needs to clear his name".

Their highly emotive reaction since the verdict was announced on Tuesday has inevitably inflamed tensions between Liverpool, the FA and United over the last 48 hours.

However, there is a sense of grievance at Liverpool about the failure of the FA to publish the evidence to back up the severe punishment. It is that delay, and perceived lack of transparency, which is at the heart of the club's fiery response.

Meanwhile, PFA chief Gordon Taylor has criticised the "cultural differences" argument used by Suarez to fight his racism charge and insisted it is up to clubs to ensure that foreign players are aware of what is acceptable in England.

Asked whether the PFA could do more to ensure foreign players are educated about what is deemed to be racist in Britain, Taylor argued it already does enough through highly visible and far-reaching campaigns such as Kick It Out and Show Racism the Red Card. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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