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“Luis is NOT racist” – Banned Suarez receives support from Liverpool mates

December 21 2011 By Angela Asante
Liverpool players have apparently listened to Kenny Dalglish’s plea to support Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.
On Tuesday, the FA proclaimed Luis Suarez guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during a Premier League encounter back in October. Unless Liverpool appeal successfully, Suarez will have to serve an 8-match suspension besides paying a £40,000 fine.

Today, Liverpool players publicly backed Luis Suarez. A joint statement from the club read:

“Luis Suarez is our team-mate and our friend and as a group of players we are shocked and angered that he has been found guilty by the FA.

“We totally support Luis and we want the world to know that. We know he is not racist.

“We are a squad of many different nationalities and backgrounds. All of us support the club's commitment to fighting racism.

“All of us accept there is no place in the game for any form of discrimination. As a group of players we totally support the Kick it Out Campaign.

“We have lived, trained and played with Luis for almost 12 months and we don't recognize the way he has been portrayed.

“We will continue to support Luis through this difficult period, and as a popular and respected friend of all his team-mates, he will not walk alone.”

Anti-racism campaigners have backed the English FA for showing boldness in their judgment of the case. The general public, however, is rather divided in terms of opinions.

As the fight against racial discrimination goes on in world football, debates over whether Suarez really is racist or not continues…

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