Suarez faces ban over ob­scene fans’ ges­ture

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By NEIL JOHN­STON

LUIS SUAREZ could be hit with a ban if FA bosses de­cide to pun­ish the Liver­pool striker over his onefin­ger salute to­wards Ful­ham fans.

The Uruguayan cracked af­ter be­ing given a tor­rid time from sup­port­ers dur­ing Mon­day’s 1-0 de­feat at Craven Cot­tage.

Suarez, who al­ready faces a charge over al­leged racist jibes to­wards Man United’s Pa­trice Evra, was sub­jected to chants of “cheat”.

And he gave Cot­tagers fans the mid­dle finger as he walked off at the end. FA dis­ci­plinary chiefs are now de­bat­ing whether to probe the in­ci­dent fur­ther.

They are wait­ing to re­ceive the match re­port from ref­eree Kevin Friend be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sion.

But Suarez could be hit with a fine and a pos­si­ble sus­pen­sion if charged and found guilty.

Af­ter the match, Suarez tweeted: “We lost a game that we de­served to win, I’m very up­set with what hap­pened tonight ... Cheer up ev­ery­one!”

And Reds boss Kenny Dal­glish ad­mit­ted he could be forced to talk to Suarez about his con­duct af­ter the lat­est con­tro­versy to hit the Kop idol.

Dal­glish said: “I haven’t seen the pic­ture and I’m not tak­ing any­body’s word for it.

“If you show me the pic­ture and I’m con­vinced that what you’re say­ing is true, then I’ve got a de­ci­sion to make.”

Scan­dalous

In re­sponse to Ful­ham fans brand­ing Suarez a “cheat”, Kenny added: “That is scan­dalous.

“We’ll look af­ter Luis as best we can, and I think it’s about time he got a bit of pro­tec­tion from some peo­ple. His in­tegrity is im­pec­ca­ble. He can look in the mir­ror and go to bed at night and sleep soundly.”

Dirk Kuyt in­sists the Reds are still well placed to se­cure a top-four fin­ish.

Dal­glish’s side are five points adrift of fourth­placed Chelsea.

And Kuyt in­sists the team have to get their sea­son back on track af­ter “a huge dis­ap­point­ment” against Ful­ham.

Kuyt said: “We def­i­nitely want to chal­lenge for the top four and to do that we need to win these type of games. We were un­lucky be­cause we had the chances to score.”

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