Suarez handed eight-match ban
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Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was hit with an eight-game ban on Tuesday after a Football Association (FA) disciplinary hearing found he had racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

A lengthy hearing that started last Wednesday, which itself followed a month-long investigation, eventually determined Suarez - who has also been fined £40,000 - had abused Evra during a 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield on 15 October.

The FA disciplinary panel said in a statement today: "An independent regulatory commission has today found a charge of misconduct against Luis Suarez proven, and have issued a suspension for a period of eight matches as well as fining him £40,000, pending appeal."

An independent regulatory commission has today found a charge of misconduct against Luis Suarez proven, and have issued a suspension for a period of eight matches as well as fining him £40,000, pending appeal. 
The FA disciplinary panel statement

The commission's ruling stated: "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 colour 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."