Liverpool pressed to apologise for Suarez behaviour
Liverpool were last night under pressure to apologise for Luis Suarez's conduct towards Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
Suarez, who has been given an eight-game ban, was found by an independent regulatory commission to have used the words "negro" or "negros" seven times in a two-minute spell of a match at Anfield in October.
Having been issued with the reasons for the commission's decision, Liverpool are yet to declare whether they are to appeal or not.
But Piara Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe, has warned Liverpool over their conduct. "We would call on the club to think again about their public campaign to dispute the charges and contest the principles involved in the case," he said.
"As a club with a good international standing the vehemence of their campaign is unquestionably causing them reputational harm."
The report paints a picture of club personnel altering statements to fall in line with Suarez's explanation of why he used the word "negro", in contravention of FA rules. page 45
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