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Evra exclusive: I'm still waiting for Suarez apology over race row

Then-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (left) and Man Utd full-back Patrice Evra face off in 2012. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In an exclusive interview with ITV Sport, Juventus defender Patrice Evra promised he would shake Luis Suarez’s hand before Saturday’s Champions League final in Berlin, despite revealing the Barcelona striker has yet to apologise for the racist abuse towards him that earned the Uruguayan an eight-match suspension in 2011.

Speaking to ITV Football's chief reporter Gabriel Clarke, Evra admitted that he has no problem with Suarez despite the lack of an explicit apology.

"I don’t want his apologies," Evra told us. "It doesn’t matter, it’s no problem for me. But when we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand. He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem.

"The past is the past. I am really proud of my colour and I will shake his hand like I did with Manchester when we play against Liverpool. My game is against Barcelona, it is not against Luis Suárez, but I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch."

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Evra warns former Liverpool striker Suarez about final

Patrice Evra has warned Luis Suarez he will make sure the Uruguayan "feels his presence" when the pair go head to head in the Champions League final.

Evra and Suarez will meet again in the Champions League final. Credit: PA

But the defender said he would shake the Barcelona striker's hand before the match.

Former Manchester United man Evra's Juventus side booked a meeting with Barca in Berlin next month by knocking out Real Madrid with a 3-2 aggregate win on Wednesday night.

The pair controversially clashed when Premier League opponents, then-Liverpool forward Suarez snubbing Evra during the pre-match handshakes at Old Trafford in 2012 as they met for the first time since Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing the Frenchman.

On the prospect of going up against Suarez again, Evra told reporters:

A lot of people ask me this question. It doesn't matter. The most important thing is I play the final, you know.

I am proud to be what I am, I am proud about my colour and I will shake his hand, it is no problem, but I will make sure he feels my presence on the pitch.

– Juventus defender Patrice Evra


Video: Former Liverpool man 'nibbles' on defender

Did Luis Suarez have a little nibble on Man City defender Martín Demichelis' hand during last night's Champions League encounter?

Watch the former Liverpool man, now playing for Barcelona, run alongside Demichelis on the edge of the area in the video above, where he appears to move his mouth in the direction of the Argentine's hand.

The Urguguayan was handed a four month ban from football after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during last summer's World Cup, and has been also caught up in biting controversies during his time at Liverpool and Ajax.

Watch a zoomed in version of last night's incident below.

Former Liverpool man Suarez knows Man City weakness

Luis Suarez will aim to exploit what he considers a vulnerable Man City defence when he returns to England for the first time as a Barcelona player.

Suarez is eager to impress against Man City. Credit: Reuters

The former Liverpool striker, who moved on to the Nou Camp last summer, has not scored so freely in Spanish football as he did in the Premier League.

But he is relishing a crack on Tuesday night at unlocking Champions League rivals City's backline, picking it out as the soft spot in Manuel Pellegrini's team.

He said ahead of the Etihad Stadium last-16 tussle that City have quality "in midfield and up front, but they also have weakness at the back".

I think when you play against the big teams you never know what they're doing on the pitch.

They have really good players and really good quality with the ball but we are Barcelona and we know what we can do against City.

– Barcelona forward Luis Suarez

Watch Man City v Barcelona live on ITV on Tuesday from 7.30pm

Suarez sees therapist over biting problem

Luis Suarez admits he has sought professional help in the hope he can cure his impulse to bite.

During the World Cup Giorgio Chiellini was his third on-pitch biting victim, seeing the Uruguayan banned four months.

Luis Suarez, right, nibbled Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder. Credit: PA

The Barcelona striker, who is sent to make his club debut on Saturday against Real Madrid, told the Guardian: "I think all the bad things I have been through are in the past. I believe I am on the right path now, dealing with the people who can help me, the right kind of people."

“Everyone has different ways of defending themselves. In my case, the pressure and tension came out in that way. There are other players who react by breaking someone’s leg, or smashing someone’s nose across their face. What happened with Chiellini is seen as worse. I understand why biting is seen so badly.”

Barca boss confirms Suarez will make debut

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique says striker Luis Suarez will make his debut for the club against arch rivals Real Madrid on Saturday.

The Uruguayan was banned from playing after biting Giorgio Chiellini in the World Cup, but is now available for his first game following his move from Liverpool in the summer.

Luis Suarez has been able to play in friendlies. Credit: PA

"Today I cannot play this game. But he will have some minutes for sure, how many I cannot say," Enrique admitted.

"It is a big thing for him, to join up finally with the team, and get some minutes.”


Luis Suarez prepares for Barcelona debut

Suarez will make his competitive debut for Barcelona at the weekend. Credit: Reuters
The Uruguayan has been serving a four month ban for biting Credit: Reuters

Luis Suarez was in good spirits as he prepared for his competitive Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in La Liga this weekend.

The striker joked around with Neymar in training ahead of the season's first Clasico.

Luis Suarez cried after sealing Barcelona move

Suarez shed some tears after learning he'd joined Barcelona. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez has confessed he started crying after sealing a transfer to Barcelona earlier this year.

The Uruguayan was sold by Liverpool in July after receiving a four month ban from any football related activity for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

The 27 year-old, who is set to make his competitive debut for Barcelona against Real Madrid later this month, told TV3:

I felt I had ruined my career.

At first, I did not want anyone to know anything. I locked myself away with my family, but then I reflected on what I had done, I apologised and felt liberated.

By then discussions with Barca had begun, and when Pere [Guardiola, his agent] called me to tell me it was done, I began to cry, because of the situation I was living and the support that the club was offering me.

I felt happy about the commitment the club had shown me. But I was still afraid that the repercussions of the incident might halt the deal. I knew that could happen.

– Barcelona striker Luis Suarez

Suarez upset over Evra racism verdict

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has once again denied he racially abused Patrice Evra.

The Uruguayan, who is currently banned for biting Giorgio Chiellini, told his club's website that the claims were not true.

Luis Suarez, left, maintains his innocence over the incident with Patrice Evra. Credit: PA

Suarez was suspended by the FA for eight games and find £40,000 after being found guilty of abusing Evra during a match between Liverpool and Manchester United in October 2011.

"When I say I’m sorry it’s because I regret something. Being sorry implies regret. But they have also sometimes judged me on things that aren’t true, such as the racism thing," Suarez told Barcelona's official site.

"I was accused without evidence and that’s what grieved me the most. The others were actions when it was me who did wrong. I accepted that and begged forgiveness, but the racism thing, when I was accused without evidence, that did upset me."

Suarez set to make Barcelona debut in El Clasico

Suarez moved to Barcelona in a mammoth £75m deal this summer. Credit: PA

Luis Suarez's debut for Barcelona is likely to come on Saturday October 25th against fierce rivals Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The striker - who switched to the Nou Camp from Liverpool earlier in the summer for £75million - is currently the subject of a worldwide ban after biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup.

His four-month ban, which started on June 25th, expires on Friday October 24th and today La Liga officials confirmed that Barca's trip to the Spanish capital looks set for the Saturday, with a 1700 kick-off time (British time).

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