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Suarez called Evra a ‘negro’ – FA

suarez-evra.jpgLiverpool striker Luis Suarez gave “unreliable” evidence to a panel investigating accusations he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, a Football Association report said on Saturday.

The document detailed the reasons for Suarez’s eight-match ban, handed out earlier this month for abusing France defender Evra in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield on October 15.

“Mr Suarez’s evidence was unreliable in relation to matters of critical importance,” the report said, adding “Mr Evra was a credible witness”.

Uruguay international Suarez, the report added, used the word “negro” or “negros” seven times during their confrontation.

Suarez, for his part, has denied the FA charge and has consistently denied he is a racist.

“Mr Suarez’s words, which included a reference to Mr Evra’s colour, were insulting,” said the FA document.

The independent panel took advice from linguistic experts in Latin American Spanish after Suarez said he called Evra “negro in an affectionate and friendly way which was common in Uruguay”.

The panel concluded Suarez brought the game into disrepute and warned that further offences could lead to what it called a “permanent suspension”.

Suarez, who was also fined £40 000 ($62 200) over the incident, has until January 13 to lodge an appeal.

Liverpool said Suarez, the club and their legal advisers would take time “to read, digest and properly consider the contents of the judgment and will make no further comment at present”.

DETAILED ACCOUNT

The 115-page FA report gives a detailed account of the clash between the pair and the evidence given to the three-man panel by both parties and other witnesses.

It concludes: “Mr Evra was a credible witness. He gave his evidence in a calm, composed and clear way. It was, for the most part, consistent, although both he and Mr Suarez were understandably unable to remember every detail of the exchanges.

“Mr Suarez’s evidence was unreliable in relation to matters of critical importance. It was, in part, inconsistent with the contemporaneous evidence, especially the video footage.

“For example Mr Suarez said he pinched Mr Evra’s skin in an attempt to defuse the situation. He also said his use of the word “negro” to address Mr Evra was conciliatory and friendly. We rejected that evidence,” the report added.

“To describe his own behaviour in that way was unsustainable and simply incredible given the players were engaged in an acrimonious argument. That this was put forward by Mr Suarez was surprising and seriously undermined the reliability of his evidence on other matters.

“There were also inconsistencies between his accounts given at different times,” said the report.

The confrontation occurred as Evra marked Suarez at a Liverpool corner in the 63rd minute, five minutes after the Uruguayan had fouled the Frenchman.

“In the goalmouth Mr Evra and Mr Suarez spoke to each other in Spanish,” said the FA report. “Mr Evra asked Mr Suarez why he had kicked him.

“Mr Suarez replied, ‘Porque tu eres negro (because you are black)’.

“Mr Evra then said to Mr Suarez, ‘say it to me again, I’m going to punch you’. Mr Suarez replied, ‘No hablo con los negros (I don’t speak to blacks).’

Source: Supersport

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