Old Trafford boss discusses Patrice Evra incident.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes the Football Association made “the right decision” in banning Luis Suarez for eight games after he racially abused Patrice Evra.
Forward Suarez was also handed a £40,000 fine after he used “insulting words in reference to Manchester United defender Evra’s colour”.
Liverpool criticised the FA’s verdict in a strongly worded statement.
But United boss Ferguson said: “We’re satisfied they [the FA’s independent commission] made the right decision.”
Ferguson, speaking about Suarez’s for the first time, added: “Our support of Patrice was obvious right from the word go and that’s still the same. This wasn’t about Manchester United and Liverpool. It was nothing to do with that. This was an individual situation where one person was racially abused.”
The Scot also referred to the way United reacted when Evra received a four-match suspension in 2008.
“Patrice got that suspension for the incident down at Chelsea when no one was there, just a groundsman and our fitness coach,” said Ferguson.
“He got a four-match ban and we had to wait two weeks for the evidence to come through. We were quite astounded at that. A four-match ban?
“We thought it was well over the top for a trivial incident. But it happened and there’s nothing you can do about it, you know.”
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Luis Suarez is apparently set to appeal against his ban, an act that could lead to the Liverpool man’s ban being extended, and at present Liverpool are still waiting for the full details of the FA report ahead of any possible appeal process.
Kenny Dalglish will be scouring the transfer market in January to help deal with the probable loss of his top marksman, who’s punishment could well have a drastic effect on the Merseyside club’s pursuit of a top four finish.