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Liverpool are refusing to rule out the possibility of taking Luis Suarez’s case to a higher court.

The club is prepared to explore every avenue in an attempt to overturn the disciplinary action against the player, and even though it could go against FA stipulations, they will look at the possibility of taking their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

High level meetings have taken place at Anfield over the past 24 hours about the next course of action, and while the CAS route is unlikely – because it is sure to invoke anger within the FA – it has not been completely ruled out, such is the depth of feeling on Merseyside.

Suarez was involved in meetings yesterday, for the first time since the ban was delivered, and the club have publicly vowed to clear the striker’s name.

Every member of the squad, and even Dalglish, wore t-shirts with the player’s name, number and an action picture on as they warmed up for  Wednesday’s game at Wigan.

Liverpool will wait for the written judgement of Paul Goulding QC, who headed the disciplinary commission, before they make any decision on  whether to explore the CAS route.

But they have already declared war on the FA, after accusing them of a witch-hunt, claiming the governing body was “determined to bring charges against Suarez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November.”

Mirror Sport can reveal how the independent FA commission came to its eight match total for Suarez ban.

He was given two matches for using insulting language towards an opponent – the standard punishment if a player is sent off for such an offence.

For the second charge of making a reference to Evra’s colour he was given six matches.

The three-man panel, led by Paul Goulding QC, have yet to make public their written reasons for their guilty verdict on the Liverpool striker and the level of their ban.

It is a measure of the zero-tolerance approach to racism that the commission felt it necessary to dish out such a heavy punishment.

But Rule 8.2 of the FA’s Disciplinary code leaves the penalty for the additional charge at the discretion of the Commission if they deem it serious enough.

The ruling states: “While the Memoranda dealing with disciplinary procedures concerning field offences and offences on or around the Field of Play set out standard sanctions, these sanctions may be increased by the Regulatory Commission where the facts of an individual case so dictate, where a particular act of Misconduct is sufficiently serious that the guideline sanction would not constitute a sufficient penalty for the Misconduct that has taken place.”

Source: Mirror

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