Luis Suarez's lawyer says the Liverpool striker will appeal against the eight-game ban for racially insulting Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

Alejandro Balbi, who is also Suarez's agent, says the Uruguay international is ''very affected'' by the punishment but ''calm because of the massive support of the club, the coach, his teammates and his captain.''

The English Football Association ruled Tuesday that Suarez had used racist language to abuse France international Evra, who is black. He was also fined 40,000 pounds ($62,000).

But appealing could led to Suarez's ban being increased as well as reduced or canceled completely by an FA appeal board.