FA weigh up second Suarez charge after race-row striker gives Fulham fans the finger
The FA are considering handing Luis Suarez a second charge after making an obscene gesture towards Fulham supporters after Liverpool”s 1-0 defeat on Monday.
The striker was given a torrid time by the home support throughout the clash at Craven Cottage as he was subjected to chants of “cheat” for what Fulham supporters perceived to be his constant diving.
And Suarez cracked after the final whistle by making an explicit hand gesture towards Cottagers fans.
Wembley disciplinary chiefs are now debating whether to investigate the incident further. They are waiting to receive the match report from referee Kevin Friend before making any decision.
Out of order: Liverpool”s Luis Suarez made a gesture to Fulham fans
Suarez has already been charged by the FA for making racist remarks towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw at Anfield earlier this season.
After the match, Suarez tweeted: “We lost a game that We deserved to win, I”m very upset with what happened tonight … Cheer up everyone!”
And Reds manager Kenny Dalglish admitted he could be forced to talk to Suarez about his conduct after the latest controversy to hit the Uruguay international.
“I haven”t seen the picture and I”m not taking anybody”s word for it,” said Dalglish.
“If you show me the picture and I”m convinced that what you”re saying is true, then I”ve got a decision to make.”
In response to Fulham fans branding Suarez a “cheat”, Dalglish added: “That”s scandalous. We”ll look after Luis as best we can, and I think it”s about time he got a bit of protection from some people.
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“His integrity is impeccable. He can look in the mirror and go to bed at night and sleep soundly.”
Liverpool”s misery was compounded by Jay Spearing”s debatable sending off – the latest incident in a controversial weekend of refereeing decisions.
The Liverpool midfielder clearly made contact with the ball in his challenge with Moussa Dembele – but was given his marching orders by Kevin Friend after catching the Fulham forward with his follow through.
And Dalglish felt his midfielder was harshly sent off: “I think, you need to ask the referee what their interpretation is What the level of acceptance is “Jay never had another thought in his mind but to win the ball, and he did win it.
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“As long as the officials are consistent, it”s not a problem. But I don”t think we were going to get anything tonight, were we
“The (offside) goal that Luis scored, Charlie [Adam] could have had a penalty. We played well enough to have won the game.”
Fulham boss Martin Jol added: “Was it a red card I think it was a bad tackle. “If you see from another angle, you saw his ankle up there and I think it was a sending off.”