The Uruguay international received an eight-match ban for racially abusing the Manchester United defender, but the South American has once more claimed his innocence.
“It was a misunderstanding, what happened between me and Evra at Old Trafford when we were to shake hands. In fact, I think it was all arranged against me again, as it had happened with the punishment,” he told RR Gol, translated to English by The Daily Mail.
“I promised my wife, the manager and the directors that I was going to shake my hand with Evra. “Why not?” I thought, because I had no problems with him. I had been punished because of him, but I had no problems with shaking hands.
‘The media in England showed the moment when I passed in front of him, but they didn’t see that he had his hand low before. Only the media in Uruguay and Spain showed that I wanted to shake his hand.
“The trial was so complicated for me. I had to go to Manchester in a taxi for the trial. I got up at seven in the morning and I came home at nine at night. I was exhausted, I was so tired. I wanted to cry, and kick all the things around me.
“I came home and I wanted to do all that, but I couldn’t because my daughter was at home. There were really complicated days, and then things became harder after the punishment,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight