Reds back Suarez after FA charges him for racial abuse

Liverpool have vowed to stand by Luis Suarez after their striker was charged with racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Luis Suarez

The charge follows a month-long investigation by the FA but Liverpool say their Uruguayan striker will deny the charge at a personal hearing and that they remain "fully supportive" of him.

Evra made the claims immediately after the match at Anfield on October 15 telling French TV station Canal Plus that Suarez had used a racist insult to him "at least 10 times".

The FA would not confirm the range of sanctions that Suarez could face if he is found guilty but it is believed they could include a ban or fine, or both.

Liverpool will speak to the 24-year-old striker in detail about the charge when he returns from international duty but the club said Suarez will plead not guilty. A club statement said: "Luis remains determined to clear his name of the allegation made against him by Patrice Evra. The club remain fully supportive of Luis."

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