Suarez reopens race row

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has again commented on his suspension for racism from last season, refusing to forget the incident.

The Uruguay international was given an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, but has once more claimed his innocence.

“The suspension, I suppose, you could call strange and unbelievable,” the South American is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

“Without a single shred of proof, they suspended me. I accepted it without saying anything obviously because they could have made the suspension longer and it would have just made the whole thing continue, but my conscience is completely calm, and so is that of the club and my family.

“There was not a single convincing proof that I had done any of the things they accused me of doing. I am very calm about all of it.

“I have played all my childhood and everyone knows that in Uruguay there is a huge black population. I had team-mates and friends of both colours all the time in the national team, in Liverpool, in Holland, where the majority [of players] are from Surinam, and I never had any problem with them.

“Holland is one of the countries in the world where there is the highest number of black players and at no point was there an issue.

“Well, these are the things about football. It seems to me that they had to get rid of a Liverpool player and, well, they definitely were gratified by all of this,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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