PFA welcomes Reds stance

Taylor applauds Liverpool as they accept Suarez ban

Luis Suarez: Has begun serving his eight-match suspension for racially abusing Patrice Evra

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The Professional Footballers' Association have welcomed Liverpool's decision to accept Luis Suarez's eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said in a statement that Liverpool had acted wisely, and urged the club to make their players fully aware of what is acceptable on the pitch.

Uruguay international Suarez began his suspension with immediate effect, missing Liverpool's match at Manchester City in the Premier League.

The club reviewed a 115-page document from the independent disciplinary commission appointed by the Football Association, and decided not to appeal against the sanction and a £40,000 fine imposed on Suarez.

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Despite accepting the ban, Liverpool have again fiercely criticised the way the FA handled the investigation into an incident which occurred during the 1-1 draw at Anfield in mid-October.

But Taylor commended the club's determination to draw the issue to a close, rather than submit an appeal, and hopes Liverpool can have a key part to play in the PFA's efforts to drive racism out of football.

Taylor said: "The PFA are pleased that Liverpool FC have chosen not to appeal the decision of the independent FA commission. We think this shows good judgement and is to their credit.

"We hope they can now move on and ensure that all their employees understand the issues involved and we look forward to them playing an important role in our campaign against discrimination."

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