Luis Suarez Racism Hearing Begins

The FA hearing investigating Patrice Evra's claims that he was racially abused by Luis Suarez during Manchester United's away match against Liverpool in October has apparently begun in secret, according to The Guardian. Evra alleges that Suarez directed a racist word in his direction at least ten times over the course of United's 1-1 draw at Anfield, but with Suarez denying these claims and with precious little evidence either way, it's difficult to say either way.

The Guardian is claiming that "[Suarez's] defence is understood to focus on the nuances of the Spanish language and cultural differences, arguing that what he said would not be considered offensive for someone of his background in South America," and with that in mind this hearing is likely to take a while as the FA explores the fun and not-slippery-at-all ground of culturally acceptable racist abuse. While it's understood at Suarez faces a lengthy ban if found guilty, it's difficult how anything short of him hoisting himself by his own petard will see the Uruguayan convicted.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.