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Suarez may learn fate today

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could find out later today if allegations he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra have been proved.

The Uruguay international, charged by the Football Association with abusing the Manchester United defender and referring to his "ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race", faced a disciplinary hearing last week.

Suarez has always denied the allegations levelled against him by Evra after the 1-1 draw between the sides at Anfield on October 15, with formal proceedings in front of an independent three-man panel having started on Wednesday.

The FA announced on Friday there would be no announcement on the case before today at the earliest.

Opinion has been divided on the issue with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish backing Suarez and Brighton manager Gus Poyet, a former Uruguay international midfielder, saying he would go to court to prove his fellow countryman was not a racist.

Fulham manager Martin Jol has also revealed he would be shocked if the charges against Suarez were proved.

Jol, who worked with Suarez over an 18-month period during his time as Ajax manager, said: "If it is true, I certainly am [surprised].

"At Ajax we had players from all over the world, with all the continents involved and he was good with them all.

"He was my captain and you can imagine I told him it was his job to make them feel comfortable. If it is true, I can't believe it."

But United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Evra and claimed Liverpool were following a specific agenda over the issue.

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