Suarez thanks fans for support
Luis Suarez has thanked Liverpool for their support after the club opted not to appeal his eight-game ban.
Last Updated: 04/01/12 3:51am
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has thanked the club for their support after the Reds opted not to appeal his eight-game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.
The Uruguay international was charged after the two players clashed during a league game at Anfield in October.
Liverpool's support of the former Ajax marksman has not waivered despite the fact that he was found guilty by an independent panel.
Suarez will start his ban immediately, ruling him out of Tuesday's clash with Manchester City, but he was full of praise for the support he has received.
"First of all I would like to thank everyone so much for all the help and support I have received during these last few weeks," his statement began.
"Thank you to my family, my friends and everybody at LFC (the staff, the manager and coaching staff, the directors, my team mates and everyone who is working on a daily basis for this great club) and thank you especially to all the fans who made sure I never felt let down for one second.
"During those days I understood more than ever what 'You'll Never Walk Alone' means.
"Like many of you I was born into a very humble family, in a working class neighbourhood, in a small country. But I was born and raised learning what respect, manners and sacrifice mean.
"Thanks to my family, from my first club where I started playing, to my transfer to Holland in Europe, I learned the values which made me the person I am now.
"Never, I repeat never, have I had any racial problem with a team-mate or individual who was a different race or colour to mine. Never.
"I am very upset by all the things which have been said during the last few weeks about me, all of them being very far from the truth.
"But above all, I'm very upset at feeling so powerless whilst being accused of something which I did not, nor would not, ever do."
He added: "In my country, 'negro' is a word we use commonly, a word which doesn't show any lack of respect and is even less so a form of racist abuse. Based on this, everything which has been said so far is totally false.
"I will carry out the suspension with the resignation of someone who hasn't done anything wrong and who feels extremely upset by the events.
"I do feel sorry for the fans and for my team-mates whom I will not be able to help during the next month. It will be a very difficult time for me.
"The only thing I wish for at the moment is being able to run out again at Anfield and to do what I like most which is playing football. Thank you very much. YNWA."