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Luis Suarez today confirmed his decision not to appeal the 10-game ban imposed following the incident with Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield on Sunday, April 21.
Managing director Ian Ayre said: "The charges against Luis were his to consider and we have to respect his decision to not appeal the 10-game ban.
"We are all disappointed at the severity of the punishment and in particular the differing standards that have been applied across various previous incidents. "Luis is an important member of our team and nothing has changed in that regard.
"We are committed to helping him improve his conduct and he will be given our full support. We look forward to him returning to the team next season when he is available for selection." Brendan Rodgers added: "We can't hide our disappointment at the outcome of this situation, but we have to move on and support Luis in his decision.
"Luis has made a huge contribution to the squad this season and we respect his decision to accept the ban.
"He will be missed for the remainder of this season and the early part of next, but we will have the opportunity to welcome a better person and player when he returns."
Author: @JimmyRiceWriter Tagged:
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