Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will appeal against his Football Association punishment for racially abusing Patrice Evra, according to his lawyer.
Alejandro Balbi, who is also Suarez's agent, said his player was "convinced" the punishment would be reversed.
Suarez was handed an eight-game ban and £40,000 fine after he used "insulting words in reference to Manchester United defender Evra's colour".
"It seems to us absolutely out of proportion," Balbi said.
Selected football bans
David Layne, Peter Swan and Tony Kay (life bans for betting on their team to lose, later reduced to 7 years)
Paul Davis (9 matches for punching opponent)
Eric Cantona (9 months for attacking supporter)
Paolo di Canio (11 matches for pushing referee)
Mark Bosnich (9 months for failed drugs test)
Rio Ferdinand (8 months for failing to take drugs test)
David Prutton (10 matches for pushing referee)
"It's one of the hardest sanctions handed down in English football.
"He [Suarez] is firmly convinced this hard sanction can be reversed."
Speaking at a news conference in Uruguay capital Montevideo, Balbi said that it would be Liverpool's lawyers who made the appeal to the FA.
Suarez, who denied the allegations, has 14 days to launch his appeal against the decision. Should he do so, there is a possibility length of the ban could be increased.
The FA handed the sanctions to Suarez after a six-day hearing found he racially abused Evra
in the 1-1 draw at Anfield on 15 October
The Liverpool players warmed up for Wednesday night's game at Wigan
wearing t-shirts in support of Suarez
and also released a
declaring their backing for the 24-year-old.
The Uruguayan Football Association has also offered Suarez and Liverpool whatever backing they need for an appeal, and Suarez has received
support from Uruguay captain Diego Lugano