Luis Suarez is to blame for handshake fiasco with Patrice Evra, claims Manchester United boss Sir Alex

By Dean Wilkins

Controversial striker Luis Suarez should accept responsibility for refusing to shake the hand of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, according to Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Uruguayan forward caused outrage by refusing to take Evra’s hand after the Anfield star returned from an eight-game ban due to racially abusing the Frenchman.

And Suarez reopened the fiasco this week by claiming United’s ‘political power’ made sure he was banned.

But Sir Alex believes those accusations are unnecessary.

“I think Evra expected him not to shake hands,” he said.

“He actually said that to the lads. He just felt that he wasn’t going to shake his hand. He was embarrassed to put his hand there.

“But there is no doubt Evra put his hand towards him.

“It’s Suarez who should be making the effort to do something about it.”

The Merseyside club sustained heavy criticism for the strong support they gave their player throughout the debacle, primarily Kop-hero Kenny Dalglish.

And the United boss believes the loyalty shown by Dalglish played a part in his departure.

“I wasn’t surprised at Kenny leaving,” said Ferguson.

“John Henry has obviously looked at [the Suarez incident] and felt it wasn’t handled in the right way.

“It certainly wasn’t a nice thing to happen and it must have been part of it.”

“I don’t think there is cause to worry about racism in England,” he said speaking from the Reds’ summer tour in Durban, South Africa.

He added: “Since I have been down here we have made great strides forward.

“I don’t see any problem with the game in terms of race.”

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