RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Mexico and Uruguay at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The club has just released a statement stating that they will not in fact be appealing the decision of the FA to suspend Luis Suarez for 8 games due to his racial abuse of Patrice Evra. Suarez will now miss both of the Carling Cup semi-final legs, the FA cup third round tie, and Liverpool's next five Premier League contests beginning with Manchester City in about 15 minutes. The statement is a pretty far cry from the one the club released upon the initial release of the decision, this one seems to be far more thought ought and composed. From a non-Liverpool fans point of view I think this is probably the correct decision, so kudos to LFC for simply accepting the ban and moving on.
Suarez has also released a statement of his own, and this one should probably have been a few sentences shorter. He clearly still feels he did nothing wrong, and regardless of those feelings he should probably just apologize and move on:
In my country, 'negro' is a word we use commonly, a word which doesn't show any lack of respect and is even less so a form of racist abuse. Based on this, everything which has been said so far is totally false. I will carry out the suspension with the resignation of someone who hasn't done anything wrong and who feels extremely upset by the events.
Obviously he feels he's being portrayed in a far too negative light, and while that may be the case he should probably just take a little vacation and shut his mouth. The guy has been living in Europe since 2006, it's not like he just dropped into England last week. Regardless of how he feels his comments should have been taken this, suspension set's a precedence for what just will not be tolerated on the pitch in England. Frankly speaking, it's probably far too late in happening anyway.
John Terry will be next up to be tried and judged, and if found guilty I certainly hope the club and player handle the situation far better than their rivals to the north. Between the actions of Suarez, LFC, and the respective fans of that club we have had a perfect example of how not to handle the Terry situation. Regardless of how Terry and the club handle the situation, let's make sure that as fans we wait until we have all of the facts and findings before either vilifying the player or jumping to his defense.