Liverpool hit back in Suarez race storm and challenge FA to charge Evra
Liverpool have hit back at the FA over the eight-match ban given to striker Luis Suarez for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and insisted the Manchester United man also be charged.
In a fierce defence of their star man, the Anfield outfit released a lengthy statement detailing their shock and surprise at the guilty verdict, which also resulted in a 40,000 fine for Suarez.
Row: Luis Suarez (left) and Patrice Evra clashed as United and Liverpool drew
It said: “We find it extraordinary that Luis can be found guilty on the word of Patrice Evra alone when no-one else on the field of play – including Evra”s own Manchester United team-mates and all the match officials – heard the alleged conversation between the two players in a crowded Kop goalmouth while a corner kick was about to be taken.”
In response, Suarez took to Twitter, andsaid: “Today is a very difficult and painful day for both me and my family. Thanks for all the support, I”ll keep working!”
While his manager used the same tool to convey his disappointment.
Dalglish wrote: “Very disappointed with today”s verdict. This is the time when [Luis] needs our full support. Let”s not let him walk alone. KD”
Liverpool”s statement then continued with reference to the club”s work at rooting out those guilty of such slurs inside their stadium before turning their attention to Evra.
Liverpool claim the France international admitted during the hearing into the incident at Anfield in October 15 that he had insulted Suarez in Spanish, and fact they say their player didn”t actually hear.
The statement continued: “It is key to note that Patrice Evra himselfin his written statement in this case said “I don”t think that Luis Suarez is racist”. The FA in their opening remarks accepted that Luis Suarez was not racist.
Man in the middle: Ref Andre Marriner had to speak to Evra and Suarez at Anfield
“We would also like to know when the FA intend to charge Patrice Evrawith making abusive remarks to an opponent after he admitted himself inhis evidence to insulting Luis Suarez in Spanish in the most objectionable of terms. Luis, to his credit, actually told the FA he hadnot heard the insult.
“It is our strong held belief, having gone over the facts of the case, that Luis Suarez did not commit any racist act. It is also our opinion that the accusation by this particular player was not credible -certainly no more credible than his prior unfounded accusations.”
An FA statement had earlier said: “Mr Suarez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1). The insulting words used by Mr Suarez included a reference to Mr Evra”s colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2).”
WHAT HAPPENED AT ANFIELD ON OCTOBER 15
Manchester United faced Liverpool in a Premier League match. In the 57th minute Suarez fouled Evra and tempers flared at the next corner. They squared up to each other and Evra asked why Suarez kicked him. Suarez said he should forget about it, these things happen. Evra claims Suarez then became racially abusive, using the word “negro”. Suarez denies using the word in that clash. Evra is clearly wound up, but nearby players do not seem particularly bothered.
A few minutes later Marriner calls the pair together. Suarez apologises and tries to pat Evra on the head. It is alleged Evra said: “Don”t touch me, you South American,” to which Suarez replies: “Porque, negro”
Evra catches Kuyt two minutes later and is booked. He allegedly shouts at Marriner: “You”re only booking me because I”m black.”
Suarez is bemused, saying: “I called him something his team-mates call him and even they were surprised by his reaction.”