No appeal against Suarez ban

Liverpool have grudgingly accepted the FA’s punishment of Luis Suarez for the offence of using racist language. In agreeing not to appeal against the 8-match ban, the club showed little humility, and maintained its stance that the charge and the verdict were unjust.

The club statement said: "It is our strongly held conviction that the Football Association and the panel it selected constructed a highly subjective case against Luis Suárez based on an accusation that was ultimately unsubstantiated.”

The statement went into some detail about the club’s misgivings about the way the enquiry had been conducted. Although it did fail to acknowledge that Suarez had admitted calling Patrice Evra "negro" on several occasions, a fact that had considerable bearing on the eventual verdict.

Liverpool’s statement went on: "the FA panel has damaged the reputation of one of the Premier League's best players, deciding he should be punished and banned for perhaps a quarter of a season. This case has also provided a template in which a club's rival can bring about a significant ban for a top player without anything beyond an accusation.”

Suarez, who will miss key FA Cup and Premier League matches, said, "I will carry out the suspension with the resignation of someone who hasn't done anything wrong and who feels extremely upset by the events."

Suarez’s ban began with the vital match against Manchester City. Without their star player, Liverpool lacked imagination and creativity and City enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 victory despite having Gareth Barry sent off in the second half.

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