Conspiracy! Suarez reopens Evra race row with attack on Manchester United
20:40 GMT, 17 July 2012
Luis Suarez has defied Liverpool's orders to reignite the row over his race ban last season after claiming he fell victim to a Manchester United conspiracy.
The Liverpool striker, who is currently back in Uruguay preparing for the Olympics, will have dismayed Anfield officials by going on record again about the incident with Patrice Evra last October.
In an interview with Uruguayan TV station RR Gol, Suarez revealed he has been ordered by Liverpool’s hierarchy not to speak over the furore, for which he received an eight-match ban.
Hitting out: Luis Suarez has reopened the infamous race row with Patrice Evra
Suarez caused a storm when he failed to shake hands with Evra before a Barclays Premier League game at Old Trafford on February 4.
But he said: '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.'
Flashpoint: The pair first clashed in October, after which Suarez was accused
Suarez, who revealed that he had been left in tears following his trial last December, added: ‘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.
And again: When the pair met later in the season there was more ugly scenes
'The trial was so complicated for me. I had to go to Manchester in a taxi for the trial. I got up at seven in the morning and I came home at nine at night. I was exhausted, I was so tired. I wanted to cry, and kick all the things around me.
'I came home and I wanted to do all that, but I couldn't because my daughter was at home. There were really complicated days, and then things became harder after the punishment.'
He added: '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.'