Liverpool news

Suarez banned for Fulham gesture

December 28, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool will be without Luis Suarez for Friday's home game with Newcastle United after the Football Association handed down a one-match ban and £20,000 fine for a gesture made towards Fulham fans.

Luis Suarez
PA PhotosLuis Suarez is also set to sit out eight games for Liverpool

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Suarez, who is also facing a seperate eight-match ban for the use of racist language towards Patrice Evra, was pictured apparently giving supporters a one-fingered gesture and admitted the charge.

Liverpool were also fined £20,000 for failing to control their players after Jay Spearing was sent off in the match. The club contested the fine but the FA upheld the decision.

A statement released by the FA read: "Liverpool Football Club have been fined £20,000 by The FA and warned as to their future conduct for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the league fixture at Fulham on 5 December 2011.

"The club admitted the charge, which was in relation to the dismissal of Jay Spearing, but did not accept the standard £20,000 penalty for the offence. However, at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 28 December] the fine was imposed.

"Meanwhile, Liverpool player Luis Suarez will begin a one match suspension with immediate effect after he admitted an FA charge of improper conduct in relation to the same game.

"Suarez was also fined £20,000 and warned as to his future conduct following a gesture he made towards the Fulham fans at the end of the fixture."

Liverpool said they had no comment to make on either Suarez's ban or the imposition of a fine on the club.