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'He will not walk alone' - Liverpool players stand behind team-mate Suarez

Anfield squad issues a joint statement in the wake of the eight-game ban of striker Luis Suarez.

LUIS SUAREZ’S LIVERPOOL teammates have backed the Uruguayan in the wake of the FA finding him guilty of racially abusing an opponent.

Suarez was last night banned for eight games and fined £40,000 as he was found to have racially abused Patrice Evra up to 10 times when the sides met on Merseyside in October.

This evening however, Kenny Dalglish’s first-team squad have issued a joint statement in defense of their star player.

It  reads: “Luis Suarez is our teammate and our friend and as a group of players we are shocked and angered that he has been found guilty by the FA. We totally support Luis and we want the world to know that. We know he is not racist.

“We are a squad of many different nationalities and backgrounds. All of us support the club’s commitment to fighting racism. All of us accept there is no place in the game for any form of discrimination. As a group of players we totally support the Kick it Out Campaign.

“We have lived, trained and played with Luis for almost 12 months and we don’t recognise the way he has been portrayed. We will continue to support Luis through this difficult period, and as a popular and respected friend of all his teammates, he will not walk alone.”

They will all also reportedly wear No 7 shirts in the warm-up before their game against Wigan tonight.

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