Former Manchester United full back, Patrice Evra has insisted that he is not interested in any apology from Luis Suarez after being racially abused four years ago, but will shake the striker’s hand on Saturday night when both players face off in Europe’s most prestigious club cup final.
The Juventus defender, who will start the Champions League final against Barcelona in Berlin, has received no formal act of remorse since the much-publicised comments by the former Liverpool man.
Suarez was slammed with an eight-match ban by the FA at the time and profusely professed his innocence throughout.
However, Evra insisted that he will make sure Suarez knows he is there when they do battle this weekend.
‘I don’t want his apologies,’ Evra told ITV. ‘It doesn’t matter, it’s no problem for me. But when we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand. He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem
‘The past is the past. I am really proud of my colour and I will shake his hand like I did with Manchester when we play against Liverpool. My game is against Barcelona, it is not against Luis Suarez, but I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch.’
‘I didn’t say to the judge [of the race row case] that Luis Suarez is a racist person,’ Evra continued. ‘I just say in that moment he have some racist comment.
‘I didn’t go there and say now “you have to punish him, he is a racist person”. I don’t know that because I don’t know Luis Suarez very well to talk about it.
‘But I controlled myself, I behaved myself, because in that moment I remember, it was like a voice inside my head – “don’t do nothing stupid, don’t do nothing stupid, don’t punch him or do something stupid because a lot of people are watching this game”. For some kid, you have to show the example.
‘If I do something wrong, maybe today I won’t be playing the final of the Champions League – I will get maybe a three-year ban or something like that. Sir Alex Ferguson after the game, and all my team-mates, they saw my face. I was in another galaxy in that moment.
‘A lot of things were happening in my head. It was a really difficult day, but I was really proud of myself.’
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