Patrice Evra claims he was racially abused by Luis Suarez during the Liverpool v Man Utd game.
Show Racism the Red Card welcomes the pending FA investigation into claims that Liverpool striker Luis Suárez racially abused Manchester United left back, Patrice Evra, during the Premier League clash at Anfield on Saturday 15th October.
We believe that The FA will request to interview Evra and we hope a thorough investigation will follow. If found guilty, we would expect Suarez to face suitable punishment.
The Liverpool player has denied the claims "I'm upset by the accusations of racism," Suárez said on his Facebook and Twitter pages. "I can only say that I have always respected and respect everybody. We are all the same.”
Former Premier League Referee Graham Poll wrote in today’s Mail! “Evra claimed afterwards that 'there are cameras, and you can see him say a certain word to me at least 10 times'. If such evidence exists, then Luis Suarez will be charged and suspended but players must be presumed innocent unless evidence proves otherwise.
Lord Herman Ouesley, the chairman of Kick It Out, said any footballer guilty of racism should face "severe action" both from the FA and the player's club, but "you would have to be able to prove it beyond reasonable doubt".
Ex professional footballer and Show Racism the Red Card Education Worker, Leroy Rosenior said ”Firstly, this offence has to be proven, if proven, I’m pleased that Evra has reported it. He has a duty to himself and others to report racism and it has to be dealt with in the proper way. Not only, in terms of support for Evra but in terms of education and understanding for Suárez.”
Both clubs have been staunch supporters of the Show Racism the Red Card campaign over many years and both teams warmed up for the game wearing anti-racism t-shirts.