Belfast Telegraph

No conclusion before Tuesday

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will have to wait until Tuesday at the earliest to discover 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", has faced a disciplinary hearing this 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 Tuesday, December 20 at the earliest.

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

Jol worked with Suarez over an 18-month period during his time as Ajax manager and would be taken aback if the charges against the 24-year-old are found proved.

"If it is true, I certainly am [surprised]," the Dutchman said. "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.

"He didn't speak a lot of Dutch but he did it in his way and for me he was a real leader.

"A real leader would never do things like that. If it is true, I can't believe it."


From Belfast Telegraph