Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was charged Wednesday by the English FA with racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a 1-1 Premier League draw Oct. 15.
The Liverpool team issued a statement saying it supported Suarez and that the player would plead not guilty.
The Suarez/Evra row is one of two high-profile racism incidents being investigated by the FA.
Chelsea's John Terry is alleged to have racially insulted Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in early October.
Terry, who is being investigated by both the FA and the police, was caught on camera mouthing what appeared to be insults.
There is no TV footage of Suarez's alleged insults, but Evra has said Suarez insulted him at least 10 times during the game.