Liverpool’s Uruguayan hit-man Luis Suarez has been charged by the FA for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. The striker was accused by the Frenchman following the 1-1 draw at Anfield last month.Immediately after the game, Evra told French TV station Canal Plus: “There are cameras. You can see him saying a certain word to me at least 10 times. “There is no place for that in 2011.”
However the Uruguayan ace denied such accusations and was adamant that he did not say anything remotely racist. “I’m upset by the accusations of racism. I can only say that I have always respected and respect everybody.
“We are all the same. I go to the field with the maximum illusion of a little child who enjoys what he does, not to create conflicts.”The FA have issued a statement saying, “The FA has today charged Liverpool’s Luis Suarez following an incident that occurred during the Liverpool versus Manchester United fixture at Anfield on October 15 2011. It is alleged that Suarez used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Manchester United’s Patrice Evra contrary to FA rules.
“It is further alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra.There is no place for that in 2011. The FA will issue no further comment at this time.”
Luis Suarez is still yet to return from International duty and Liverpool have sworn in a statement that they will remain supportive of The Uruguayan. It has been informed that the striker will likely appeal the charges and plead not guilty.
They said: “The club this afternoon received notification from the Football Association of their decision to charge Luis Suarez and will take time to properly review the documentation which has been sent to us.
“We will discuss the matter fully with him when he returns from international duty, but he will plead not guilty to the charge and we expect him to request a personal hearing.
“Luis remains determined to clear his name of the allegation made against him by Patrice Evra.The club remain fully supportive of Luis in this matter.”
Suarez was deemed to be furious and upset with the allegations made by Evra earlier this month and told Uruguayan media: “There is no evidence I said anything racist to him. I said nothing of the sort.
“There were two parts of the discussion, one in Spanish, one in English. I did not insult him. It was just a way of expressing myself. I called him something his team-mates at Manchester call him, and even they were surprised by his reaction.”