Luis Suárez has gotten of lightly by the English FA and has been given an eight match ban and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. When fans are found guilty of racial abuse they are given lifetime bans.
In a statement released by the FA they said:
On 16 November 2011, The Football Association charged Luis Suarez with misconduct contrary to FA Rule E3 in relation to the Liverpool FC versus Manchester United FC fixture on 15 October 2011.
The Independent Regulatory Commission announced its decision on 20 December 2011, which is as follows:
“Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1);
- the insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra’s colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2);
- Mr Suarez shall be warned as to his future conduct, be suspended for eight matches covering all first team competitive matches and fined the sum of £40,000;
- the [penalty] is suspended pending the outcome of any appeal lodged by Mr Suarez against this decision. Read Full Statement Here
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish showed support for his player during the time of the incident, now he has been rightfully charged it’s left to see what stance Mr. Dalglish now have on this incident.
I personally think this decision is is light one, if the FA wanted to kick racism out of the English Premier League then they should’ve started by giving Luis Suárez a lifetime ban, that’s just my honest opinion.