Tuesday 20 March 2018

Suarez re-ignites Evra row with attack on United

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez claims he was a victim of Manchester United's "political power" during last season's race row with Patrice Evra.

Speaking in detail for the first time since the eight-match ban and criticism from his own club for refusing to later shake Evra's hand, Suarez fully endorsed the conspiracy theory rampant among sections of his club's supporters -- that United were motivated by a partisan desire to hurt their Merseyside rivals.

The Liverpool striker says he broke down in tears after failing to clear his name and also claims the non-handshake with Evra on his comeback game was initiated by Evra lowering his arm. Speaking on Uruguay TV, Suarez said he wept after being banned for using the term 'negro'.

"It was so hard what happened to me," said Suarez. "I cried a lot with all the Evra stuff. The trial week was so complicated for me.

"People at the club are sure that it was a way that Man 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."

"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." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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