Anfield star’s confirms intention to fight FA punishment.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will appeal against his Football Association punishment for racially abusing Patrice Evra, according to his lawyer.
Alejandro Balbi, who is also Suarez’s agent, said his player was “convinced” the punishment would be reversed.
Suarez was handed an eight-game ban and £40,000 fine after he used “insulting words in reference to Manchester United defender Evra’s colour”.
“It seems to us absolutely out of proportion,” Balbi said.
“He [Suarez] is firmly convinced this hard sanction can be reversed.”
Speaking at a news conference in Uruguay capital Montevideo, Balbi said that it would be Liverpool’s lawyers who made the appeal to the FA.
Suarez, who denied the allegations, has 14 days to launch his appeal against the decision. Should he do so, there is a possibility length of the ban could be increased.
Liverpool will have to think long and hard about the option to appeal, not least as to do so could well entail an increased ban for their top-scorer and whilst the eight match ban Luis Suarez has been handed is considered a fairly hefty punishment the idea that this could be further expanded is a very real fear for the Merseyside club.
The Anfield side will almost certainly look to strengthen their attack next month after seeing Liverpool manage just 20 goals in 17 matches, a poor return that would already have left Kenny Dalglish considering such an options before the FA slapped a lengthy ban on his main attacking threat.