Racism statements are like buses, you wait ages for one then….okay, even I wont bother with that ridiculously lame joke but today has seen three statements regarding the Suarez-Evra incident.
Firstly the FA issued this statement:
The FA has today charged Liverpool’s Luis Suarez following an incident that occurred during the Liverpool versus Manchester United fixture at Anfield on 15 October 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.
The FA will issue no further comment at this time.
This was followed by a statement released by Liverpool FC which read:
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
Meanwhile Sepp Blatter removed his shoe from his mouth just long enough to make this ridiculous statement:
‘I would deny it. There is no racism, there is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one, but also the one who is affected by that.
‘He should say that this is a game. We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so hard against racism and discrimination.
‘I think the whole world is aware of the efforts we are making against racism and discrimination. And on the field of play sometimes you say something that is not very correct, but then at the end of the game, the game is over and you have the next game where you can behave better.’
Blatter’s comments would defy belief if they were made by anyone else other than a man who seems to be oblivious to the amount of offence his archaic drivel can cause.
As for the Suarez charge, a few weeks ago, on this site I wrote an article noting how despite all the various blogs and posts, Evra hadn’t played the race card before, over 100 Liverpool fans were quick to dismiss my claims via comments and pledge their support for Suarez. The question now is, the club may be fully behind the Uruguayan, but are the Liverpool fans?