Show Racism the Red Card calls on Suarez to apologise to Evra
Show Racism the Red Card welcomes Liverpool FC's decision to accept the eight-game ban handed out to Luis Suarez for racially abusing the Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
However, Show Racism the Red Card are calling on the club and the striker to say sorry to Evra.
“An apology would certainly help things because when people apologise it certainly moves things on,” said SRtRC Chief Executive Ged Grebby.
“I think that it would help the situation no end if he accepted that he had done wrong and personally apologised to Patrice Evra. If there was an element to this that he didn't understand the language differences then the easiest thing to do would have been to apologise.
“I think that Liverpool Football Club owe Patrice Evra an apology. They raised this issue about him having previous over the Chelsea incident when, if you look at that, it was two members of Manchester United's staff that reported it. It was a legitimate incident. It wasn’t a red herring.”
That was a reference to the revelation that Dalglish spoke to the match referee Andre Marriner following the players’ altercation and said "hasn't he done this before?". It is believed this referred to Evra complaining about an alleged racist comment made by a groundsman following a match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool may have accepted Suarez’s punishment but as their statement reveals, they remain defiant over the incident and have not shown any sign of contrition, but Tyneside-based Grebby is pleased that the club have decided not to contest his suspension.
“It is a sensible decision and hopefully Liverpool can now move on and reinforce the anti-racist message which is something they have always done year in, year out with our campaign and also with Kick it Out,” Grebby added.
“We will certainly be looking forward to our event at Anfield this year and I am sure the club will engage in a number of anti-racist initiatives in the course of 2012.
“The professional involvement has been key to the success of our campaign and the status of footballers as positive role models for young people really communicates our anti-racism message. The path towards race equality can move forward but things can move backwards as well and this case had the potential to send things back.
“That is why I am very glad that Liverpool have accepted what I think is a thorough review of the events at Anfield and something that has enabled the FA to emerge with a lot of credit.”
Grebby praised the FA for sending out a powerful message on racism.
“The FA have sent out a really strong message to say that it is not acceptable in the game for there to be any kind of abuse where you are using people’s skin colour, religion or culture,” Grebby continued.
"Within the FA's 115 page document there is also is a warning that if there are two more offences then there would be a permanent ban from English football for Suarez.
“That is a very strong message not only to Liverpool Football Club but to anyone who thinks they can get away with racism within the game,” Grebby added.