Is the FA right to ban Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for eight matches after the Patrice Evra racism row?

After the lengthy suspension and £40,000 fine, we want to know what you think about the decision that has been reached after much controversy and debate over the case
The Football Association has handed Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight-match ban and a fine of £40,000 after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

The Uruguayan was involved in a clash with the Frenchman during the match between the two sides at Anfield on October 15, with the United man pursuing a complaint after the match.

An independent regulatory commission announced late on Tuesday that Evra's allegations against Suarez were proven and that the player, who denies the claims being made against him, has two weeks to appeal against the decision and resulting punishment.

Liverpool have already issued a robust statement saying they are very surprised and disappointed that the player has been found guilty of the allegations, and the Reds have declared they will support all attempts to clear his name.

Goal.com wants to know what you think about the astonishing news which has broken in a saga that still does not look like it is going to come to an end any time soon.

Do you think the verdict is absolutely right, or should Suarez have been banned for even longer after what has emerged?

Alternatively, do you may feel that the ban is far too long or that he should not have even been found guilty at all in the first place?

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