FA begins disciplinary hearing.
The Football Association has begun a disciplinary hearing into claims Liverpool’s Luis Suarez racially abused Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
A verdict is expected by Friday on whether Suarez used derogatory language in a confrontation during a match at Anfield on 15 October.
Suarez has been supported by his club in his denying the charge.
The 24-year-old striker told media in Uruguay that he “called him something his team-mates at Manchester call him”.
Both players are expected to give evidence at the hearing which could revolve around different cultural interpretations of any term used by Suarez.
Evra made his claims immediately after the match and was quoted as telling French TV station Canal Plus: “There are cameras, you can see [Suarez] say a certain word to me at least 10 times.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Given that the FA deals with issues relating to the abuse of officials in a two or three day turnaround, sometimes a week, it seems odd that the hearing into this serious allegation is only now beginning some two months after the incident took place.
Clearly one needs to be in receipt of all the evidence before a case can go ahead but one has to wonder why it would take so long to get to this stage.
Also worth noting that the hearing into the John Terry/Anton Ferdinand case is also dragging his heels.