Luis Suarez To Appeal Against Length Of Ban

Luis Suarez is set to appeal the eight match ban handed down by the FA for racially abusing Patrice Evra, according to a statement from his lawyer. That Suarez will appeal comes as no surprise whatsoever considering the combative tone which Liverpool have taken following the FA's verdict - a rash press statement claiming injustice as well as messages of unconditional support for the Uruguay international from both club and teammates has made it rather clear where all of this is going.

Suarez can only appeal against the magnitude of the sentence rather than the independent tribunal's findings, meaning that even if said appeal was successful it would just mean a reduction in the length of the ban. Furthermore, if the FA finds the appeal to be 'trivial' they have the option of increasing the sentence beyond the original eight games, which could potentially see Suarez ruled out for most of the rest of the Premier League season.

It's unlikely that the appeal will be lodged until the fourteen days Liverpool are permitted to consider it have elapsed, as waiting will allow Suarez to feature against Manchester City, a match that they desperately need him available for, but once we get to mid-January, get ready to go through this whole circus again.

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