London, England – Liverpool's Luis Suarez was suspended eight matches and fined $62,000 on Tuesday by the English FA, which found him guilty of making racists comments toward Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
The FA found Suarez, a Uruguay international, "used insulting words" that also included "a reference to Mr. Evra's color." He was warned about future conduct and has 14 days to appeal the decision.
Following is part of a statement from the FA:
The Independent Regulatory Commission announced its decision on 20 December 2011, which is as follows:
-Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1);
-The insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra's color within the meaning of Rule E3(2);
-Mr Suarez shall be warned as to his future conduct, be suspended for eight matches covering all first team competitive matches and fined the sum of ���40,000;
-the [penalty] is suspended pending the outcome of any appeal lodged by Mr Suarez against this decision.
The incident with Evra happened during a league match in October, and Suarez had previously denied the allegations. Suarez has since been charged again by the FA for improper conduct for making an obscene gesture to Fulham fans in another match.