Suarez apologises for his actions

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has apologised for his conduct that saw him banned for eight matches, and has promised not to use racially abusive language again in the future.

The Uruguay international was given a hefty suspension following being found guilty by the FA of insulting Manchester United defender Patrice Evra because of his race.

The South American attacker has not apologised directly to Evra, but has regrets over his actions.

“I admitted to the commission that I said a word in Spanish once and only once,” he is reported to have said in The Daily Mail.

“I told the panel members that I will not use it again on a football pitch in England.

“I never, ever used this word in a derogatory way and if it offends anyone then I want to apologise for that,” he stated.

Meanwhile, PFA chief Gordon Taylor has stated that Suarez’s punishment is fair.

“We have got probably the most multi-cultural game in the world so it’s important to set the right example.

“We don’t want him (Evra) feeling a victim. We want our black players to feel comfortable that racism can be dealt with in football terms, as well as the law of the land.

“Some issues are bigger than a player, the club or the game and racism is one of those. We have to learn from it and there should be no misunderstanding or ambiguity in the future.

“You don’t want such issues to divide clubs or society. We’re all in a football family but we’re all under the law of the land.

“Once a penalty has been paid and carried out we move on in a positive manner to make sure the penalty acts as a deterrent. The educational process continues,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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