Tuesday 23 May 2017

Evra's message to Suarez has set tongues wagging on social media

Luis Suarez's abuse of Patrice Evra sparked a toxic saga in 2011 Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble
Luis Suarez's abuse of Patrice Evra sparked a toxic saga in 2011 Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Patrice Evra has posted a message that appears to congratulate his old nemesis Luis Suarez after he collected his prize for being the most prolific goal scorer in European football last season.

Evra and Suarez had an infamous clash while playing for Manchester United and Liverpool respectively back in October 2011, with the fall-out from their bust-up rumbling on for many months.

Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Evra as he was handed an eight-game ban and a huge fine by the Football Association, with the Liverpool striker’s refusal to shake the hand of his United rival when they met later that season fanning the flames between them.

While the message on Evra’s Instagram account appeared to be an attempt to portray a message that he is willing to move on from one of the more unsavoury episodes in Premier League history, some cynics have also suggested it is a subtle dig at a player who has never apologised for admitted any guilt for his role in the affair.

The message below a picture of Evra with his golden boot reads:

“Only love and never hate!!! Luis, you're a great player, the best number 9 Congratulations Luis @ luissuarez9 I love this game !!!”

Juventus defender Evra and Barcelona forward Suarez last met on the field in the 2015 Champions League final, when the Uruguayan had the last laugh as his side lifted the trophy and it seemed there was little love lost between the duo at the time.

"I don’t want his apologies. It doesn’t matter, it’s no problem for me,” said Evra last year.

"When we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand. He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem."

It remains to be seen whether this was a kind gesture from Evra towards Suarez or an attempt to remind him that he has never said sorry for his past indiscretions.

Whatever his intentions, it makes for a good talking point.

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