The Suarez Report: The FA’s Commission Finally Has Its Say

At one hundred and fifteen pages and a little over forty-four thousand words – getting on, for the purposes of comparison, for two and a half times the size of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto – at least no-one can argue that the Football Associations independent commission into the allegations of racist language levied against Luis Suarez wasn’t thorough. It is now twenty-four hours since the full report was released by the FA, and the new year means that rigorous analysis it in the mainstream press may be delayed by a couple of days. The full results of the enquiry were never going to please everybody, of course, and the delay in and timing of its release was unhelpful in assuaging those of a Liverpool persuasion who felt that that this was the summation of some sort of conspiracy against their club. Was the timing of its release, they may contend, deliberately timed in order to The report itself does, however, demonstrate reasonably clearly why the panel reached the guilty verdict that it did, if the reason for the length of the ban is somewhat muddier. The proofs and burdens of the case are made very clear in its introduction. “It is not for Mr Suarez to satisfy the Commission that he didnot breach the Rules.”, it says, “Rather, it is for the FA to satisfy us to the required...

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