Luis Suarez to demand Patrice Evra apology

08 November 2011 11:36
Luis Suarez has again sought to clear his name over Patrice Evra's racism allegations and insists he will demand an apology from the Manchester United defender.

The Liverpool striker, who has returned to Uruguay for his country's international fixture with Chile this Friday, first used his personal Twitter account on October 16 -  the day after the 1-1 draw with United - to deny Evra's accusations.

Now Suarez, 24, has told Uruguayan media that he categorically denied racially abusing Evra and that the FA have no evidence against him, though he did admit that the pair had a verbal exchange during the game.

Middle man: Referee Andre Marriner speaks to race row pair Luis Suarez (centre) and Patrice Evra during Manchester United's draw at Liverpool last month

'These are things that happen in football, things in the heat of the moment, that leave someone looking bad,' said Suarez.

'Now we have to see how the matter is decided and then, the United player (Evra) as much as me, we are going to have things clear. And wherever the fault lies, we are going to have to say sorry.

'The FA will have to clarify things with him, because there is no evidence that I said anything racist to him. I said nothing of the sort.

Running battle: Suarez and Evra got up close to each other at Anfield

'There were two parts of the discussion, one in Spanish and one in English. I did not insult him; it was just a way of expressing myself. I called him something his team-mates at Manchester call him. And even they were surprised (by his reaction).'

The FA have interviewed Evra and they met with Suarez at Liverpool's Melwood training ground last week. The investigation is continuing.

The row erupted after Evra told French television station Canal Plus straight after the game at Anfield that Suarez had used the same racial insult 'more than 10 times'.

Referee Andre Marriner included Evra's complaints in his match report. 

United have pledged to support Evra every step of the way and will study Suarez's latest comments.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have given Suarez their unconditional backing and manager Kenny Dalglish has urged the FA twice in the last 10 days to speed up their investigation to remove the cloud that has hung over Suarez.  

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Source: Daily_Mail