LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – What did Suarez say to Evra? What were the Luis Suarez remarks to Patrice Evra that fueled an 8-game ban today by the FA? Liverpool is disputing the FA’s ruling, and Luis Suarez is contesting Evra’s assertions. While the ruling today puts in place an 8-game ban for Suarez, he and his team are expected to file an appeal within the fourteen day timeframe to halt the pending ban.
But fans today are still questioning what really was said by Luis to Evra. Before today’s news, Evra and Suarez spoke to local news about the matter. Suarez said last month “There is no evidence I said anything racist to him. I said nothing of the sort. There were two parts of the discussion – one in Spanish, one in English.” Suarez also said “I did not insult him. It was just a way of expressing myself. I called him something his team mates at Manchester call him, and even they were surprised by his reaction.”
Evra would not specifically detail to news what was said by Suarez. But he claimed that one particular word was allegedly repeated by Suarez. “There are cameras. You can see him (Suarez) say a certain word to me at least 10 times.” Evra told Canal Plus news that Suarez allegedly used the racial insult at “least ten times”.
What does the FA contend that Suarez said to Evra? Today the FA ruled that Suarez allegedly used not one but multiple words. “Mr. Suarez used insulting words towards Mr. Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1)”. The FA added “The insulting words used by Mr. Suarez included a reference to Mr. Evra’s colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2)”.
Liverpool denounced the ruling. “It appears to us that the FA were determined to bring charges against Luis Suarez, even before interviewing him at the beginning of November.” The team added “Nothing we have heard in the course of the hearing has changed our view that Luis Suarez is innocent of the charges brought against him and we will provide Luis with whatever support he now needs to clear his name.”
Liverpool also claimed “We would also like to know when the FA intend to charge Patrice Evra with making abusive remarks to an opponent after he admitted himself in his evidence to insulting Luis Suarez in Spanish in the most objectionable of terms. Luis, to his credit, actually told the FA he had not heard the insult.”