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The FA Must Punish Either Patrice Evra or Luis Suarez

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool tussles for posesssion with Patrice Evra of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 15, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Paul McIntyreCorrespondent IIINovember 16, 2011

Liverpool's star striker Luis Suarez has been charged with racism by the Football Association, reports are emerging.

No doubt people will debate this decision, and the innocence of everyone involved in the incident.

Something needs establishing as soon as possible, though. The FA need to address this quickly and without clemency. If Suarez is found guilty of racism, he should be banned from playing football for life.

Not for five years, and not even for ten years. For life.

The FA have deemed it necessary to charge him in response to allegations made by Patrice Evra, who claims that Suarez said “a certain word to me at least 10 times."

Simply put, there is no place for racism in football, in England, or anywhere in this world. It is prevalent, and almost impossible to stem, but it is nonetheless a despicable act that should be punished severely.

Likewise, Evra, who claims Suarez was abusing him “to try to wind me up," should be punished if Suarez if found innocent of all accusations. As contemptible an act of racism is, false claims of racial abuse are equally despicable.

Unless the incident was a massive instance of mis-communication, one of these players is in danger of having their reputations completely destroyed.

And rightly so; they should never be considered an acceptable part of football again.

Never mind the fact Evra is one of the best left-backs in the world, and forget the fact Suarez is one of the best strikers in the world; at their basis, both men are human beings involved in a serious criminal occurrence.

The FA is admirably candid in their attitude towards racism. However, failure to castigate one of these men would completely undermine every initiative they have embarked upon to purge racism from football.

Let’s continue to Kick Racism out of Football.

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