Despite being racially abused by former Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez during their time in the English Premier League, Patrice Evra has revealed he no longer feels any form of animosity towards the Uruguayan.
It was during a premier league match between Liverpool and Manchester United that Suarez was said to have called the French defender a negro repeatedly. Eventually found guilty, Suarez was slammed with an eight match ban and the next time both teams met Evra refused to shake the Uruguayan’s hand. All that is in the past now as the Juventus player has said.
Speaking to La Republica, here’s what the 33-year-old said:
“Suarez called me negro seven times. I’ve had bananas thrown, I’ve had shouts from behind me, but I’ve never taken it on board: it’s the ignorance of those who are afraid of something different, I understand that”.
“Suarez, however, was an opponent and I was going to react to him. I asked myself: what should I do? Give him a punch that would be seen around the world, that will earn a two-year ban, that all the kids will see?
“I forgave him. I also voted him as the best player in the Premier League. A player doesn’t hold a grudge, and the man does not concern me, whether he is racist or not.”