Suarez banned AGAIN! Liverpool bad boy punished over finger at Fulham fans
Luis Suarez has been banned again after picking up a one-match suspension for his finger gesture at Fulham fans.
The striker, who has already been banned for EIGHT matches for racially abusing Patrice Evra, gave the bird to home fans at Craven Cottage earlier this month.
The Reds have also been fined 20,000 for failing to control their players in the fiery clash at Craven Cottage.
Moment of madness: Luis Suarez gestures to Fulham fans
Suarez will now miss Friday”s match at home to Newcastle, with Andy Carroll now expected to face his old club.
It is the first time manager Kenny Dalglish has been unable to select Suarez since the player arrived from Ajax for 22.8million in January.
An FA statement 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 thestandard 20,000 penalty for the offence. However, at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Wednesday 28 December] the fine wasimposed.
“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.”
Clash: Suarez was banned for eight matches for this spat with Patrice Evra
Suarez was given a torrid time by the home support throughout the 1-0 defeat in west London on December 5 as he was subjected to chants of “cheat” for what Fulham supporters perceived to be his constant diving.
He cracked after the final whistle by making an explicit hand gesture towards the stands.
However, in the days after the game Dalglish was so incensed by some of the treatment the 24-year-old was subjected to by Fulham players he used his pre-match press conference to show a DVD of incidents he felt supported his claims.
He also argued against the Jay Spearing dismissal, when the midfielder won the ball but his follow-through caught Mousa Dembele, which prompted the protest to Friend by a number of his players.
Protests: Jay Spearing”s sending off angered Liverpool”s players
Last week, Suarez was given an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Evra.
An FA statement said the 24-year-old Uruguay striker had used words that ‘included a reference to Mr Evra’s colour’ when United and Liverpool met at Anfield on October 15, which amounts to a serious breach of the governing body’s rules.
After having spent a further four days considering evidence from last week’s disciplinary hearing, the three-man Independent Regulatory Commission also fined Suarez 40,000.
Liverpool, whose players and manager Kenny Dalglish wore T-shirts supporting Suarez in the warm-up to their match at Wigan, are set to appeal the eight-game ban once they have assessed the commission”s detailed report.
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