Liverpool's Suarez fined, suspended over racist remarks

    Luis Suarez, left, and Patrice Evra clashed during the game between Liverpool and Manchester United.

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    • Suarez's eight-match ban and fine is suspended pending any appeal
    • His club Liverpool expresses disappointment with the decision
    • Uruguay international denies insulting Manchester United's Patrice Evra
    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been found guilty of racially abusing a Manchester United player in October, the English Football Association announced on Tuesday.
    The Uruguay international was suspended for eight matches and fined £40,000 ($63,000) after a seven-day hearing by an independent regulatory commission. He has 14 days to appeal the punishment, the FA said.
    Manchester United's Patrice Evra, who is black, said the word Suarez shouted repeatedly during the October 15 Premier League match was a racial slur and demanded that Suarez be held accountable.
    Liverpool issued a statement saying it was "very surprised and disappointed" with the decision.
    "We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play -- including Evra's own Manchester United teammates and all the match officials -- heard the alleged conversation between the two players," the club said.
    "We will study the details reasons of the commission once they become available, but reserve our right to appeal or take any other course of action we feel appropriate with regards to this situation."
    Suarez did not specify what he said, but has previously said it wasn't offensive.
    "I didn't insult him. It was only a form of expressing myself. I called him something his own teammates from Manchester call him," Suarez said, according to the Uruguayan newspaper El Pais.
    British media reports suggested Suarez used the term "negrito."
    Scholars who have studied race issues in Latin America say that such a term can have different meanings and connotations in different nations.
    Generally, however, negrito is not considered a racial slur in Latin America, said Mark Sawyer, director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics at the University of California Los Angeles. "It's often a term of endearment," he said.
    But Dr. Carmen Fracchia, a Paraguayan who works in