rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Sports » Suarez charged by FA over alleged racist taunt

Suarez charged by FA over alleged racist taunt

November 17, 2011 09:52 IST

The English FA charged Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez on Wednesday with racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield last month.

- Man U's Evra claims of racist abuse by Suarez

- Ferguson says Evra stands by Suarez racism claim

- FA to investigate Evra's racism allegation

"It is alleged that Suarez used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Manchester United's Patrice Evra contrary to FA rules, the FA said in a statement on its website (www.thefa.com).

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra"It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra. The FA will issue no further comment at this time."

Liverpool issued a statement saying Suarez would plead not guilty to the charge and that they supported him fully.

"The Club this afternoon received notification from the Football Association of their decision to charge Luis Suarez and will take time to properly review the documentation which has been sent to us," Liverpool said on their website (www.liverpoolfc.tv).

"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," the statement added.

"Luis remains determined to clear his name of the allegation made against him by Patrice Evra."

The Suarez/Evra row is one of two high-profile racism incidents being investigated by the FA.

The Liverpool v United match was on Oct. 15, the weekend before Chelsea and England captain John Terry is alleged to have racially insulted Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game at Loftus Road.

Terry, who is being investigated by both the FA and the police over the charge, was caught close-up on camera mouthing what appeared to be insults.

There is no TV footage of Suarez's alleged insults aimed at Frenchman Evra but the United player has said Suarez insulted him at least 10 times during the game.

Suarez has been quoted as saying he was only calling Evra what he heard his own teammates calling him.

Manchester United reported the FA charge on their website (www.manutd.com), reiterating recent comments by their manager Alex Ferguson that Evra was keen to press on with the matter.

Source:
© Copyright 2014 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.