Suarez charged with racially abusing Evra

Suarez charged with racially abusing Evra

LIVERPOOL- Agence France-Presse
Suarez charged with racially abusing Evra

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez (L) and Manchester United’s Patrice Evra look look at each other during their English Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool on Oct 15. REUTERS photo

Liverpool’s Uruguayan international striker Luis Suarez has been charged by the Football Association (FA) with racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

The FA’s announcement Wednesday came after it conducted a month long investigation into the claims that Suarez had racially abused Evra during the Premier League match on Oct. 15 which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Suarez categorically denied the allegations but the FA evidently believed that the Uruguayan star had a case to answer as it revealed in their statement.

“The FA has today charged Liverpool’s Luis Suarez following an incident that occurred during the Liverpool versus Manchester United fixture at Anfield on 15 October 2011.”

Liverpool, whose manager Kenny Dalglish has stood behind the player, issued a statement following the FA charge restating their support of Suarez.

“We will discuss the matter fully with Luis Suarez when he returns from international duty, but he will plead not guilty to the charge and we expect him to request a personal hearing.”