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Liverpool confirm they will not appeal Suarez suspension

Liverpool will not appeal the Football Association's decision to suspend and fine Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan striker was hit with an eight-match ban and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra in October and there was plenty of talk that the Reds would contest the sanction.

But it has been confirmed today that Liverpool will take no further action and let the penalty ride out as the FA intended it to.

"Liverpool FC have this afternoon [Tuesday 3 January 2012] informed The FA that they will not be appealing the decision of an Independent Regulatory Commission in relation to the recently proven misconduct charge against Luis Suarez," read a statement released on the FA's official website.

"Suarez will be suspended with immediate effect for a period of eight matches, starting with this evening's fixture against Manchester City. Suarez was also fined £40,000 and was warned as to his future conduct."

Liverpool also released a statement saying they still believe Suarez has been harshly dealt with and in no way support the suspension.

"Liverpool Football Club have supported Luis Suarez because we fundamentally do not believe that Luis on that day - or frankly any other - did or would engage in a racist act," read a statement released on the club's official website.

"Notably, his actions on and off the pitch with his team-mates and in the community have demonstrated his belief that all athletes can play together and that the colour of a person's skin is irrelevant.

"Continuing a fight for justice in this particular case beyond today would only obscure the fact that the Club wholeheartedly supports the efforts of the Football Association, the Football League and the Premier League to put an end to any form of racism in English football.

"It is time to put the Luis Suarez matter to rest and for all of us, going forward, to work together to stamp out racism in every form both inside and outside the sport.

"It is for this reason that we will not appeal the eight-game suspension of Luis Suarez."

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