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An Unsavoury Incident!

The back pages of the tabloid press are full of articles relating to something that the game is trying to get rid-off.

Numerous articles report that Patrice Evra has accused the Liverpool forward, Luis Suarez, of racially abusing him.

If so, then the authorities need t throw the book at Suarez, if not then Evra could fall under the microscope.

The accusation has been noted by the FA with a spokesperson remarking,

"The FA have been made aware of an incident that is alleged to have occurred during the Liverpool versus Manchester United fixture at Anfield."

"Referee Andre Marriner was made aware of an allegation at the end of the fixture and has subsequently reported this to the FA."

"The FA will now begin making enquiries into the matter."


Evra, discussing the matter with a French TV station, has commented,

"There are cameras. You can see him (Suarez) say a certain word to me at least ten times."

"There is no place for that in 2011. He was trying to wind me up."


But, as you`d expect, the alleged accuser, Suarez, has denied it, with a spokesperson from Liverpool further adding,

"The first anyone knew about these allegations was when Kenny Dalglish was called into the referee`s room about 20 minutes after the game."

"We have since checked with Luis Suarez and he categorically denies using any language that could be interpreted in that way."


It should be interesting what the outcome of this investigation proves to be, definitely one to keep an eye on, but, yet again, something that has soiled a clash between two of England`s finest clubs!



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Writer: Red Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 16 2011

Time: 11:12AM

Your Comments

Thats a serious accusation and I can't imagine Evra just making it up. It's one word against another though and unless there's strong evidence proving him right or wrong nothing can really be done. If Suarez is found guilty of racial abuse then I really don't know what to say.
TheFamousNo7
If Suarez is guilty of what Evra claims then he should be punished severely, but as Evra has past history of claiming racism without proof, against Chelsea's ground keeper if I'm not mistaken, anything he says should be considered with a grain of salt.
JohnDoe
Good point John Doe - serial moaner comes to mind?
merlin
Two of England's finest clubs? I thought the article was talking about Liverpool vs manyoo.
fifthcolumnblue
If Evra is found guilty of falsely claiming racial abuse then I really don't know what to say.
Howard
Evra has form - Finnan in 2007, FA said there was no case to answer, Evra got a 4 match ban. By the Senegalese for choosing France over Senegal in 2006, oh and again in 2010 at Chelsea with a groundsman....anyone seeing a pattern here? He's made claims in 2006,2007,2010,2011. If the game was this racist, wouldn't other black players be coming forward? Then again, if Suarez is guilty throw the book at him.
Howard
As much as I detest Patrice Evra, there is absolutely no place for racist abuse in football. The allegations may never be proved, there's even a slim chance that Evra is crying wolf in an attempt to get someone who is rapidly becoming one of the most hated players in the league vilified even further, but if there is even the remote possibility that Suarez used racist language then he deserves a very lengthy ban.
fifthcolumnblue
Seems a bit odd that no one is backing up Evra's claims. Surely someone would have heard it once out of the ten times?
Bluedub
You can't ban someone just because there is a remote possibility of him doing what Evra says he did. You ban him when you prove that he did it. Innocent until proven guilty and all that.
JohnDoe
And if Suarez said what is claimed, surely other players, other than Evra, heard what he said, especially if it was said more than ten times as was claimed. They should come forward if they heard it, or they should say that they didn't hear anything.
JohnDoe
Sorry Bluedub, didn't see your post. :)
JohnDoe
I agree that the allegations need to be proved before Suarez is hung out to dry, and would expect the FA to have a water-tight case before any action is taken against Suarez. And if nothing is proved then it's only correct that Evra is the one receiving the ban.
fifthcolumnblue
When Evra recieved a ban after having a dispute with the Chelsea grounds staff several United staff members backed Evra's claims of racial abuse being aimed at him and that still wasn't sufficient enough. Unless someone from the Liverpool camp steps forward and says Suarez was indeed racist then odds are witness accounts won't count for nothing and that's not about to happen as not team member in their right mind would leave a team mate out to dry. Suarez will walk free no matter what the outcome as lets face even if a camera did get the incident odds are the sound is going to be drowned out by those in the stadium, similar to the video evidence of Busquets calling Marcelo the Spanish equivalent to monkey, 'mono'. Should Evra recieve a ban for making serious accusations which odds are will never be proven guilty nor innocent? I'm not too sure to be honest.
TheFamousNo7
I wonder did Evra tell the ref that he was being racially abused and if not, why not? At least if there is some truth to his claim it would be in the ref's report that such a claim was made and would strengthen Evra's position. TF7, I don't recall anyone backing up Evra's claim at Chelsea, who backed him mate?
Bluedub
First of all, Evra never accused Finnan of racial abuse and he himself admitted he heard nothing, it was in fact a deaf fan making the accusation after apparently lip-reading Finnan. With the Chelsea incident once again Evra made no accusations of racism, the FA report read: “The two witnesses who say they heard those words directed by Mr Bethell at Mr Evra are the Manchester United first team coach Mr Mike Phelan and the goalkeeping coach Mr Richard Hartis.” It later goes on to say “Even if we disregard the fact that Mr Evra has never claimed to have heard such a remark on that day, it is notable that there were several other people far nearer to Mr Bethell at the critical point in time than were either Mr Phelan or Mr Hartis.”. Also, Marriner was made aware of the claims by Evra at the end of the match. Why he didn't say so during the game I don't know, maybe he saw the game and job at hand as more a pressing matter and the racism something to deal with later, who knows? I wouldn't say any case is strong unless there's some strong compelling evidence suggesting so. Suarez most probably won't be proven guilty but whether he truly is innocent or just got away with it we won't really know.
TheFamousNo7
And whatever the result of any inquiry, Suarez gets the reputation around the country as a racist as well as a diver. I'm sure fans of other clubs will be very understanding of any open verdict. The bad smell of unproven racist allegations do seem to follow Evra around though, don't you think?
Howard
Through no fault of his own though Howard and he has said on two occassions that he never heard any racial abuse. You can't blame the man for what some deaf fan thought he lip-read and what Phelan and Hartis heard. If Suarez reputation is damaged then that's a shame, though he doesn't seem to me the sort of person who gives 2 5hits what people think about him anyway, not that it makes it right but at the same time someone shouldn't not file a complaint over possible racial abuse just because they may be wrong or misinterpreted/misheard something.
TheFamousNo7
 

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