Carling Cup Update - Carling Cup Final Tickets

Luis Suarez, Liverpool FC

Suarez will be sitting in the stands for the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool and Oldham Athletic at Anfield on January 6, 2012 in Liverpool as well.

Suarez reluctantly accepted his eight-match ban following the release of the Football Association’s 115-page document and offered an apology in a statement.

Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez’s eight match ban rules him out of both legs of the upcoming Carling Cup semifinal with Manchester City.

Suarez served the first of his eight-game ban this week. He sat out Liverpool’s 3-0 loss to Manchester City.

Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool FC boss, reportedly sees winning the Carling Cup competition as Liverpool's best chance to pick up silverware this season.

Liverpool FC could have waited until Jan. 13 to decide whether to appeal the ban or not and avoided the ban until then, but instead decided to end its case Tuesday.

Suarez could have played against City last Tuesday, Oldham on Friday and City again in the Carling Cup semi-final first leg a week from Wednesday.

LFC manager Kenny Dalglish told a press conference that the club wanted to put the whole affair behind them as quickly as possible and move on.

“He could have played for a fortnight but he has to serve eight games at some stage and this time is as good as any, isn’t it?” Dalglish remarked. “It was better to get the situation over and done with.”

Suarez’s ban will last through LFC’s home game against Tottenham on Feb. 6.

If Liverpool defeats Oldham in the FA Cup, it will play a fourth-round game later in January. Suarez would then be available v Tottenham.

Suarez is expected to be in top form and available for selection when Liverpool next clashes with Manchester United on Feb. 11.

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