Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has said Luis Suarez's 10-game ban for biting is "absurd," "excessive" and "unfair".
Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope, Reina said his teammate and "friend" was "being treated differently" by the Football Association than other Premier League players.
"I don't know if it is because he is Uruguayan or because he has been involved in similar episodes," Reina said.
"It seems the people who make the decisions have it in for him. There is a lot of hypocrisy. There have been cases of racism where they have handed out a four-game ban, and he got eight."
Luis Suarez failed to "fully appreciate the gravity and seriousness" of his bite on Branislav Ivanovic, an FA report concluded.
The FA says it intends to punish Suarez more than the usual three games. Well why is it? He didn't hurt anyone. Ivanovic is not in plaster.
Liverpool had a real chance to steal the moral high ground. Among fans I heard irritation that Suarez had stained the club’s name again.