The FA are to hear Luis Suarez's race case inside the next fortnight.

The Sunday Mirror says Liverpool are still waiting for an exact date for the Uruguayan striker's disciplinary hearing following Patrice Evra's allegation that Suarez racially abused him when Manchester United played at Anfield in October.

Suarez was charged with ­"using abusive and/or ­insulting words and/or behaviour" after a month-long investigation by the FA. He clashed with Evra a number of times during the 1-1 draw, but strenuously denies making any racist slur.

Suarez will claim that the row blew up over his use of the South American colloquialism "negrito" and that the word has no racist overtones.

It is expected he will learn his fate before Christmas.