Luis Suarez has reopened the Patrice Evra race row controversy by claiming his eight-game ban was a result of Manchester United’s “political power”.
Luis Suarez has reopened the Patrice Evra race row controversy by claiming his eight-game ban was a result of Manchester United’s “political power”. He also claims the refused handshake incident was also a Utd-inspired conspiracy, and says he “cried a lot” over his ‘ordeal’.
Speaking just days after John Terry’s acquittal last week of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, and directly defying orders from Liverpool to keep quiet on the issue, he told Uruguayan TV:
“It was so hard what happened to me. I don’t show my emotions on the field, but outside I do – and I cried a lot with all the Evra stuff.
“The trial (disciplinary hearing) week was so complicated for me. My wife and I cried a lot during that week.
“People at the club are sure that it was a way that Manchester United used to put me out of the team and stop Liverpool.
“But in England, Man United has this political power, and you have to respect that and shut your mouth.”
Adding of the handshake snub:
“It was a misunderstanding, what happened between me and Evra at Old Trafford when we were to shake hands. In fact, I think it was all arranged against me again, as it had happened with the punishment.
“I promised my wife, the manager and the directors that I was going to shake my hand with Evra. Why not?, I thought, because I had no problems with him.
“I had been punished because of him, but I had no problems with shaking hands. But I was not forced to greet him. I had no problems with Evra. It was only a handshake and I was OK with that.
“The media in England showed the moment when I passed in front of him, but they didn’t see that he had his hand low before.
“Only the media in Uruguay and Spain showed that I wanted to shake his hand.“
• Has racism returned to football? 25 Oct 2011
Suarez, as mentioned, is back in South America preparing for the Olympics, so he may have missed Monday’s BBC Documentary “Is Football Racist?”, which featured an interview with Stan Collymore on the fallout from the Evra race row, in particular Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish’s bone-headed belligerence – an interview the Uruguayan and his apologists would do well to watch before next pontificating on the subject.
As Times football editor Tony Evans wrote (£) last year of the blind loyalty of the Suarezites:
“Luis Suárez, Liverpool Football Club and legions of their fans seem bewildered that the word negrito directed at a black man in the course of an argument would lead the individual concerned to assume that he had been racially abused…
“So this unedifying spat continues with Liverpool supporters – almost to a man – behind Suárez.
“It is embarrassing. Is it not possible for Liverpool fans to have some empathy with Evra? To see that he felt racially abused? Seemingly not in the pathetically tribal world of football, where basic decencies are thrown out the window and the “my club right or wrong” ethic prevails.”
The more he whines about himself, the more he cries that he’s the victim (in this week of all weeks), the more Suarez emboldens the terrace bigots and Twitter racists – the more he damages the already-battered reputation of Liverpool Football Club.