Following Manchester United defender Patrice Evra’s claims that Liverpool’s Luis Suárez racially abused him during the teams’ 1-1 draw on Saturday, Suárez has hit back and furiously denied the claims, saying he is “upset” by the accusations.
Writing on his Twitter Suárez said: "I am upset by the accusations of racism. I can only say that I have always respected everybody. We are all the same.
"I go on to the field with the illusion of a little child who enjoys what he does, not to create conflicts."
Evra claimed that Suárez had insulted him more than 10 times with the word “n*****”, and will meet with FA officials this week to further discuss the allegations; if found guilty, there will be no limit to Suárez’ punishment.
Liverpool are fighting back against Evra’s claims, asking the FA to ban Evra from the Football Association if his claims are found to be untrue. Evra and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson met with referee Andre Marriner after the match to report the incidents, and the defender later spoke out in an interview with Canal Plus.
"In 2011, there are things you can't say any more. The referee knows and there will be an investigation. But I don't want to repeat what he said." “
We can see thanks to the television what he said. He said it at least 10 times. We can read it on his lips."
Marriner has informed the FA that the first he knew of Suárez’ alleged racist remarks was after the match, having not noticed or been made aware of it during the game. Though United have neither confirmed nor denied whether there are witnesses, Evra will almost certainly need them to prove that this isn’t just a case of his word over Suárez’.
Evra was previously embroiled in controversy in 2008, after he claimed that he was the subject of racial abuse at the hands of a groundsman at Chelsea. After his claims were found to have no factual basis, Evra was banned for four games and was fined £15,000.