• Premier League

FA delays decision on Suarez case

ESPN staff
December 16, 2011
Luis Suarez argues with Patrice Evra © PA Photos

The Football Association has confirmed it will not be making a decision on the case of Luis Suarez until Tuesday at the earliest.

The Liverpool striker was charged by the FA in relation to an incident involving Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. It is alleged that he used abusive language.

A verdict was expected after three days of disciplinary hearing, but the FA has delayed making a decision until next week.

"The Independent Regulatory Commission has confirmed there will be no decision this evening and will continue working through the weekend," said an FA statement.

"There will be no announcement on any decision before Tuesday December 20 at the earliest."

The complaint was made after the 1-1 draw between the sides at Anfield on October 15, but formal proceedings in front of an independent three-man panel only started on Wednesday.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and the club have been fully supportive of their player. Indeed, Dalglish did not waver when asked about the case at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Aston Villa.

"We are standing right beside him and helping him as much as we possibly can,'' Dalglish said. "We have said many times before we cannot say anything which will be prejudicial."

If Suarez, who has always denied the allegations, is found guilty he could be banned or fined, or both.

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