No decision will be made on the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra racism row until Tuesday at the earliest, says the Football Association.

A disciplinary hearing into claims that Liverpool striker Suarez racially abused Manchester United defender Evra during a Premier League fixture at Anfield in October was opened on Wednesday.

It was suggested that a decision would be made by Thursday.

The FA has, however, announced that the investigation will continue over the weekend and into next week.

"The Independent Regulatory Commission has confirmed there will be no decision this evening and will continue working through the weekend," read a statement released on the FA's official website.

"There will be no announcement on any decision before Tuesday 20 December 2011 at the earliest."