Dec 21 2011
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been suspended for eight matches and fined $62,000 after being found guilty of directing a racial insult at Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. An English Football Association panel decided Tuesday that Evra’s allegations had been proven. Evra, who is black, said Suarez referred to his race while insulting him during United’s Premier League match at Liverpool on Oct. 15.
I thought this article was relevant because it’s interesting to see the ways in which various professional sports leagues police themselves. There has been a history of racial controversy in soccer that prompts such a large penalty for an infraction. Oddly enough, most professional sports leagues in the states don’t have the guts to enforce something like that. Eight matches and $62,000 is the type of penalty that will prevent something like this from happening again. Perhaps, the NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB should take some notes.
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