On Tuesday, the English Football Association announced that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez had been found guilty of misconduct, arising from the incident with Patrice Evra during LFC’s fixture with Manchester United on October 15, 2011.
The statement from the FA reads in part:
The Independent Regulatory Commission announced its decision on 20 December 2011, which is as follows:
- 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
Suarez has proved to be a polarizing figure in his brief 11 months thus far in England. This is really a shame because everyone would agree, he’s a fabulous talent and the English game is much better for having him.
The following is a brief discussion why the penalty is too harsh.