Luis Suarez eight-game ban sends out a message, claims PFA chief

Liverpool supporters are today waking up to the news that their star striker has been given an eight-game ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra during the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United earlier this season.

Luis Suarez eight-game ban sends out a message, claims PFA chief

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December 21st, 2011

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A lengthy investigation has taken place and found that Luis Suarez should be punished for the alleged comments made to the French defender despite Liverpool claiming that cultural differences explain why the player made such comments.

However, the chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association believes that the eight-game ban serves as an important message to all professional football players and will hopefully mean that racism is stamped out of the game.

Taylor told Press Association Sport: “This was an independent commission experienced in law and football and they must have had compelling evidence, and it sends out a very strong message to the rest of the world.

“I understand the point about cultural differences but if you come to this country all players have to abide by not just the laws of the game but the laws of the land as well.

“Referring to someone’s skin colour has got to be offensive – it’s self-evident.

“No one can say the FA have ducked this issue and bearing in mind outcry in this country over Sepp Blatter’s remarks it sends out an important message.

“This is a timely reminder that the FA, the PFA and the clubs to continue education programmes particularly for players coming from abroad that it is never right to make reference to a person’s skin colour or nationality.”

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