“There are cameras, and you can see him say a certain word to me at least ten times… No place for that in 2011” – Patrice Evra.
The aftermath of Liverpool 1 – Manchester United 1 looks set to be dominated by claims made by Patrice Evra to Canal + hours after the draw at Anfield about the conduct of Luis Suarez.
Evra was fouled by Suarez on the right hand touchline, in front of the Kop, in the 58th minute. For the next few minutes the Manchester United left back and Liverpool number seven had a number of verbal clashes.
The most significant came at a corner where referee Andre Marriner called both players over and ordered them to calm down, once Evra and Suarez left the referee, the Uruguayan put his arm round the Frenchman only to see the Manchester United defender react furiously and they were once again called back by the official.
On 65 minutes Evra was booked for persistent complaining and added in his Canal + interview that Andre Marriner was fully aware of what he claimed Suarez was calling him.
Neither Kenny Dalglish or Sir Alex Ferguson was asked about any racism post-match claims and the Evra comments have so far only been reported in France.
These are very serious claims from Evra which would have a huge impact on the rest of Luis Suarez’s career in England after a hugely impressive start at Liverpool.
It should also be pointed out, that Evra has previously been involved in two other racism claims in English football (Chelsea ground staff and Steve Finnan) with both failing to stick.