Liverpool are on a collision course with the Football Association after directly challenging the governing body over their handling of Luis Suarez's racism charge.

The Uruguay international was on Tuesday night given an eight-match ban and £40,000 fine after an independent regulatory commission found him guilty of abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

"It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suarez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November," said a club statement.

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