Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Suarez breaks silence in race row

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has broken his silence over the Patrice Evra race row to deny allegations he verbally abused the Manchester United defender.

Evra alleged the Uruguay international repeatedly made racist comments about him during the 1-1 draw at Anfield last month. Liverpool immediately issued a statement on Suarez's behalf insisting the player vigorously denied such claims, and now the striker has spoken out.

"The FA will have to clear it up with him, because there is no proof at all that I have said anything racist," Suarez told Uruguayan newspaper El Pais. "I didn't say anything like that to him. There are things that happen in football, all in the moment, that leaves one feeling bad."

The Football Association have talked to both players and their investigation is ongoing.

Suarez added: "Now we have to wait to see this issue decided and then the Manchester player and I will have to clear things up. Depending on who ends up in the wrong, one of us will have to apologise.

"There were two sides of our discussion, one in Spanish and one in English. I didn't insult him, it was just my way of expressing myself.

"I called him something that his own Manchester United players call him.

"Furthermore, even they were surprised at his reaction on the pitch."

The Football Association have said they have nothing further to add at this stage and will not comment on Suarez's remarks.

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