Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been suspended for eight matches and fined $62,000 after being found guilty of directing a racial insult at Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

An English Football Association panel decided Tuesday that Evra's allegations had been proven. Evra, who is black, said Suarez referred to his race while insulting him during United's Premier League match at Liverpool on Oct. 15.

Suarez says on Twitter: ''Today is a very difficult and painful day for both me and my family.''

Liverpool says it's ''very surprised and disappointed'' with the verdict against the Uruguay forward.