Eight-game ban for racist abuse was due to Manchester United’s ‘political power’, claims Luis Suarez

By Dean Wilkins

Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is accusing Manchester United of executing ‘political power’ to earn him an eight-game ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

The 25-year-old was given the suspension and a £40,000 fine by the FA after being found guilty of a verbally insulting Evra during a Premier League tie.

The Uruguayan forward then caused uproar while refusing to shake his victim’s hand in his return clash with United during an FA Cup match in February.

Suarez said on a Uruguayan TV show ‘RR.Gol’: “They were very tough days to me. I am not used to showing what I really feel, but the trial week was very difficult.

“I also cried alongside my wife.

“People at Liverpool are sure that it was a way that Manchester United used to put me out of the team and stop Liverpool.

“In England, Manchester United’s political power is strong and you must respect that and shut your mouth.”

The handshake incident was misunderstood and poorly represented in the British media Suarez added.

He said: “In England, it was shown the moment when I passed in front of him, but they didn’t see that he had his hand low before.

“Only the media in Uruguay and Spain showed that I wanted to shake his hand.

“Previously, I had promised my wife, the manager and the directors that I was going to shake hands with Evra.

“There was a chance for the teams not to shake hands like in a game between QPR and Chelsea [Anton Ferdinand and John Terry], but I told them I was to shake hands with him.

“Why not? I thought, because I had no problems with him. I had been punished because of him, but I had no problems with shaking hands.”

It is the first time Suarez has reflected on the events which have marred his career and cast a dark cloud over the English league.

And the Anfield star blamed a complex law system for affecting his actions throughout the process.

“The trial was so complicated for me,” he said. “I had to go to Manchester in a taxi for the trial. I got up at seven in the morning and I came home at nine at night.

“I was exhausted, I was so tired. I wanted to cry, and kick all the things around me.

“I came home and I wanted to do all that, but I couldn’t because my daughter was at home. There were really complicated days, and then things became harder after the punishment.”


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