Suarez v Evra: Everything you need to know about the race row
Using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour. It is alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.
Evra says he was repeatedly racially abused. He complained to referee Andre Marriner and French TV station Canal Plus afterwards. “There are cameras, you can see him. He says a certain word to me at least 10 times.”
Suarez admits using the word “negro” only once and claims it is an inoffensive descriptive term used freely in his native Uruguay. He compares it to the South American players calling Dirk Kuyt “blondie” in training.
Face off: Liverpool”s Luis Suarez clashes with Manchester United”s Patrice Evra
Manchester United faced Liverpool at Anfield on October 15. 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.”
THE POYET DEFENCE
Linguistic and cultural differences could determine if Suarez”s use of “negro” is deemed racist. Liverpool say Suarez was apologising when using it, not being aggressive.
Gus Poyet said: “In Uruguay it is a nickname for someone whose skin is darker than the rest. It is not offensive. Such people are part of society. We will defend them, go to war with them, share everything with them and at the same time use thatword.”
It is thought, in their defence, Liverpool also referred to the incident between Evra and groundstaff at Chelsea three years ago, after which an FA hearing described Evra”s account of events as “exaggerated and unreliable”.
Flash point: Suarez and Evra clashed at Anfield last month
THE CASE FOR EVRA
Suarez played for Ajax for three years before arriving at Anfield, so must prove he was unaware of the sensitivity surrounding the term in Europe for all that time.
THE MEN WHO WILL DECIDE
PAUL GOULDING QC (chairman, below): Works at the same Blackstone chambers as the barrister who was successful in representing the FA in Wayne Rooney”s Euro appeal. Qualified FA coach who appeared for Jean Tigana in his successful 2million-plus claim following his sacking as Fulham boss.
BRIAN JONES: Chairman of Sheffield and Hallamshire FA, who wrote to county members six months ago stressing need to fight discrimination.
DENIS SMITH: Ex-Stoke defender who managed York, Sunderland and Oxford United. Now mentor at Stoke academy.