LONDON (AP) – The English Football Association says Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches and fined 40,000 pounds ($62,000) after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
Evra, a black France international, claimed that Suarez directed a racial insult at him during United's Premier League match at Liverpool in October.
The FA said in a statement on Tuesday that it found ''a charge of misconduct against Luis Suarez proven.''
It said the 24-year-old Uruguay international had ''used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match'' and that ''the insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra's colour.''
Suarez had denied the charge.