Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker Suarez could face a ban of up to six weeks accompanied bny a hefty fine if he is found guilty of race abuse against Patrice Evra, a case currently being investigated by the Football Association disciplinary committee.
In the case heard in Manchester on Thursday, Suarez is said to have admitted using the word “negro” while referring to Evra but not in the form of racial abuse, according to the Uruguayan.
The French defender is said to have referred to Suarez as a South American, and the Uruguayan claims to have referred to Evra in the same manner when he used the offending word.
The deliberations by the Football Association committee are expected to conclude on Friday, when it will deliver its verdict on Suarez.
The case against Suarez began after Manchester United defender Evra claimed on French television that the Uruguayan had insulted him racially at least 10 times. While denying the charge, Suarez is also said to have claimed ignorance as to language that was acceptable in South America being considered abusive in Europe.
The FA’s announcement of the charge transpired in November when it alleged that Suárez had used “abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour” towards Evra. The FA added, “It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.”
The three panelists deciding the case are Paul Goulding QC, who has been a member of the FA’s judicial panel for the last five years, Brian Jones, who is chairman of the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA, and Denis Smith, formerly the manager of Sunderland. Smith is said to be closely associated with the family of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. And this has caused concerns about whether Smith could be trusted to be impartial in deciding the case, especially given the bitter rivalry existing between the Liverpool and Manchester United clubs.
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