Luis Suarez Issues Statement On Suspension

Liverpool will not appeal Luis Suarez's eight-match suspension handed down for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra, but that doesn't mean that the Reds or the striker agrees with the suspension. The club and Suarez both maintain that Suarez is being punished for cultural differences and that his use of the word 'negro' is not meant with any malice in Uruguay. Unfortunately for Suarez, he is not in Uruguay anymore and the use of that word doesn't fly in England, but that didn't stop him from releasing this statement after deciding not to appeal because the report issued on the matter was basically appeal-proof.

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. I do feel sorry for the fans and for my team mates whom I will not be able to help during the next month. It will be a very difficult time for me.

That suspension will begin immediately, but he will be back for Liverpool's February 11 match vs. Manchester United or maybe even the February 6 match vs. Tottenham Hotspur if Liverpool advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup. Whenever he does come back, it'd behoove him not to call people 'negro,' at least as long as he is in England and not Uruguay.

For more, check in with our two Liverpool blogs, Anfield Asylum and The Offside Liverpool.

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