Liverpool striker Luis Suarez should find out today whether his defence against a racism charge has been successful.

The 24-year-old, charged by the Football Association with abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra and referring to his "ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race", has faced two days of disciplinary hearing, with a verdict now expected.

The complaint was made after the 1-1 draw between the sides at Anfield on October 15, but formal proceedings in front of an independent three-man panel only started on Wednesday. More aspects of the case were discussed yesterday.

Suarez has always denied the allegations levelled against him by the France defender.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and the club have been fully supportive of their player.

Dalglish did not waver when asked about the case at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League match at Aston Villa.

"We are standing right beside him and helping him as much as we possibly can," said the Scot.

"We have said many times before we cannot say anything which will be prejudicial.

"After it's finished there is a chance to have a conversation.

"As I said last week the FA should have given you (the media) the information when everything was happening, not us."

Evra made his allegations about Suarez immediately after the match at Anfield on October 15, telling French TV station Canal Plus the South American had used a racist insult to him "at least 10 times".

If Suarez, who has always denied the allegations, is found guilty he could be banned or fined, or both.

Evra said: "There are cameras. You can see him (Suarez) say a certain word to me at least 10 times."

Both players spoke to FA officials during the investigation and there have been suggestions Suarez was unaware language that is acceptable in Uruguay is viewed as racist in Europe.

Suarez told Uruguayan media last month: "There is no evidence I said anything racist to him. I said nothing of the sort.

"There were two parts of the discussion - one in Spanish, one in English.

"I did not insult him. It was just a way of expressing myself. I called him something his team-mates at Manchester call him, and even they were surprised by his reaction."

Evra reported his complaint to referee Andre Marriner, who included it in his match report.

The FA announced the charge last month, alleging Suarez used "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" towards Evra.

"It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra," said the FA.