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Anti-racism group slams Liverpool's Suarez backing

January 1, 2012
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LONDON—A group campaigning against racism in soccer says Liverpool's global reputation is being harmed as the club backs Luis Suarez despite his suspension for racially abusing an opponent.

The Uruguayan forward was banned for eight matches last month after being found guilty of racially insulting Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a league match.

Following the release of an independent panel's report into the incident, Liverpool is considering whether to appeal but has been unwavering in its support of Suarez.

Piara Powar, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), says "as a club with a good international standing, the vehemence of their campaign is unquestionably causing them reputational harm."

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