Saturday 18 November 2017

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez says any abuse at Old Trafford showdown will spur him on

Luis Suarez. Photo: Getty Images
Luis Suarez. Photo: Getty Images

LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez says Patrice Evra race row "should have stayed on the pitch" and insists taunting by Manchester United fans will backfire.

The Liverpool striker offered no apology to Evra after he was found guilty of racial abuse during a match at Anfield in October.

Having served the subsequent eight-match ban, Suarez claims he has now moved on from the incident and is ready to use any abuse he receives from the United faithful as motivation during the Premier League clash this weekend.

In an interview with Uruguay's Radio Sport 890 he said: "I was not depressed at all [during suspension]. I knew what I did and there is a kind of football law that says 'what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch and that's the end of the story'."

"I know against Manchester United it is going to be tense because I'm going to face Evra. But I'm used to having fans whistle at me.

"I hope nothing unusual happens. I'll have to forget what happened for that moment.

"I do know United fans are going to try to make me feel uncomfortable. But I have to tell them – they are going to spur me on if they whistle at me."

Show Racism the Red Card chief executive Ged Grebby has suggested Suarez only has himself to blame if he is given a hostile reception at Old Trafford.

Grebby hopes Manchester United's support will choose to take the moral high ground and help everyone to move on from the Uruguayan’s racist abuse of Patrice Evra during their Premier League match at Anfield in October.

"It's important we move on because this has been going on for months now," Grebby said.

"I hope Manchester United fans take the moral high ground and they don't boo Suarez, but as an anti-racism campaigner I can understand why they might.

"He made things much worse by the reaction he had [to the FA charge]. If his reaction to it had been, 'I hold my hands up, I said it. I didn't realise it was wrong, but I do now', this whole thing would not have exploded like it has done.

"He should have held his hands up, he didn't do himself any favours refusing to accept he had done anything wrong. I just hope he has learned from it."

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