Unless you have been under a rock for the last week or so you are bound to have seen that Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s lovable defender Patrice Evra. Not accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra, not suspected of racially abusing Patrice Evra, but found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.
Suarez has denied doing any wrongdoing, and all the indications are that he will appeal the eight-match ban handed down to him by the Football Association so he evidently still believes so, but for him to be found guilty means the FA clearly think otherwise.
Liverpool have supported the player but that’s hardly surprising. Suarez could have released a written statement signed in his own blood racially abusing Evra and the club would have stood behind him saying he had done nothing wrong.
The club released a statement on its official site in which they said they were “surprised and disappointed” at the Football Association Commission decision, but even that contains a contains at least one “fact” that could be misconstrued.
Their defence is/was essentially that it’s Evra’s word against Suarez that any conversation took place in the first place, let alone that anything offensive was said. Only of course Suarez was quoted as telling Uruguayan media that he:
“…called him [Evra] something his team-mates at Manchester call him.”
In other words that there was a conversation etc but whatever was said is alright because Evra’s team-mates (i.e. friends) call him the same thing, and according to Liverpool it’s all cool anyway because Suarez’s grandad was black and he’s done some stuff for chariddy.
They seem desperate to prove that Luis Suarez is not racist, and that is understandable for a variety of reasons. But it completely misses the point, that being that however Suarez behaves the majority of the time is completely irrelevant – he clearly did make remarks to Patrice Evra that could be construed as being racist.
You don’t have to be racist to make racist remarks. They’re not the same thing. And don’t even get me started on John Terry…