Suarez given 1-match ban for obscene gesture
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will serve a one-match ban after making an obscene gesture toward Fulham fans during a Premier League match.
Suarez was photographed walking from the field after Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Fulham with his middle finger raised on Dec. 5. The Uruguayan will miss Friday's home match against Newcastle.
Also, the club was fined $31,000 and warned about future conduct after its players harangued referee Kevin Friend over his decision to send off midfielder Jay Spearing during the same match.
Meanwhile, Suarez is considering whether to appeal against an eight-match ban for racial abuse of Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.