When I first saw the Luis Suarez comments on Twitter yesterday afternoon, I assumed they were taken from an interview months ago “surely even he wouldn’t be THAT stupid” I rather well, ‘stupidly’ thought. It seems every United fans least favourite Uruguayan striker is indeed THAT stupid and “just can’t get enough” of devoting a large section of his thoughts to Patrice Evra.
I’ve written several articles on the subject since that fateful day at Anfield way back in 2011 and have lost count of the number of comments and tweets I’ve received from angry Liverpool fans for my stance on the matter. While I’d love nothing more than to dissect Suarez’s latest ridiculous offering, I came across this superb article by Dale of Stretty News and realised he’d pretty much summed it up perfectly- including my actual opinion on the matter.
Luis Suarez has re-opened the race row again, despite being ordered by Liverpool’s representatives not to discuss it.
The Uruguayan admitted to calling Patrice Evra a “negro” during last season’s fixture between Manchester United and Liverpool at Anfield. Throughout the game Suarez and Evra argued constantly which lead to the Liverpool striker losing the plot. Not only did Suarez kick and punch Evra, but he slapped him around the head also.
After being reported to the FA for racially abusing Evra, Suarez argued that he was calling the United left-back a “negro” in a friendly manner, just like he would call his black friends back in his homeland. Once found guilty, Suarez picked up an 8 match ban and a fine worth £40,000.
However, speaking to Uruguayan TV he accused Manchester United of wielding their political power to get him suspended and fined. “Manchester United command the politics of sports in England,” said Suarez. ”You have to accept, there’s no option.”
That wasn’t the only issue Suarez spoke about during his television appearance. He claimed: A) United are the political power in the Premier League. B) The Reds did all they could to get him banned. C) He was the victim in the handshake incident. All Evra’s fault. D) His wife and himself were reduced to tears by the ordeal. E) United fans offered him respect.
Reaction to each point expressed by Luis Suarez
A. Ridiculous claim to make, especially after admitting to calling Evra a “negro.” If Suarez could expand on why he believes this, it might make it easier to argue with but no, he just feels hard done-by. The FA didn’t have any other choice. Racism is not acceptable.
B. Heh, typical Liverpool. Blame everyone but themselves. Maybe, Suarez, if you kept your mouth shut and controlled yourself better on the pitch you wouldn’t have gotten into this situation. Suarez didn’t listen though. Fenway Sports Group told Liverpool FC to stop showing the club up because they finally realised what damage Dalglish and Suarez were doing to the club. He ignored that, unsurprisingly.
C. Like I said above, typical Liverpool. Always the victim, it’s never your fault.
D. Awh, poor Suarez. Bless his cotton socks.
E. Excuse me, what?! United fans never offered Suarez respect. To play as the victim after racially abusing someone is beyond pathetic.
I couldn’t have put it any better myself and think Dale’s article perfectly sums up both the incredulity and weariness many United fans feel towards Suarez and his whole behaviour. The man just won’t leave it alone, and similarly to Glen Johnson a few months ago, seems determined to get his view across and accuse Evra of being the real villain.
I’m tired of it all as I guess most of us are, but like Dale and many other Reds, am not just going to ignore Suarez’s rantings regardless of how preposterous his claims are. Personally I think it’s time the FA acted and put a stop to this whole sorry episode by punishing those players who won’t.
You can read Dale’s article as well as many others on the excellent Stretty News, just click HERE and also follow him on twitter @strettynews