Belfast Telegraph

Suarez racism verdict expected today

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will have to wait until later today to discover whether his defence against a racism charge has been successful after the second day of a disciplinary hearing.

Proceedings against the Uruguay international began on Wednesday in front of an independent three-man panel but, although more aspects of the case were heard yesterday, no decision is imminent until later today.

The 24-year-old has been charged with abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, and referring to his “ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race” by the Football Association.

Suarez has always denied the allegations levelled against him by the France defender and the player and his club were hoping to successfully make a case for his defence at the two-day hearing.

Manager Kenny Dalglish has given the player his full support since the complaint was made back in October.

And he did not waver from that stance when asked about the case at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League match at Aston Villa.

“We are standing right beside him and helping him as much as we possibly can,” said the Scot, who would not comment on reports he planned to appear in person at Suarez's hearing.

“We have said many times before we cannot say anything which will be prejudicial.

“After it's finished there is a chance to have a conversation.

“As I said last week the FA should have given you (the media) the information when everything was happening, not us.”

Evra made his allegations about Suarez immediately after the match at Anfield on October 15, telling French TV station Canal Plus the South American had used a racist insult to him “at least 10 times”.

If Suarez, who has always denied the allegations, is found guilty he could be banned or fined, or both.

Evra said: “There are cameras. You can see him (Suarez) say a certain word to me at least 10 times.”

Both players spoke to FA officials during the investigation and there have been suggestions Suarez was unaware language that is acceptable in Uruguay is viewed as racist in Europe.

Suarez said: “I did not insult him. It was just a way of expressing myself.

“I called him something his team-mates at Manchester call him, and even they were surprised by his reaction.”

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