Patrice Evra exclusive: Suarez never said sorry for race row
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 of the Frenchman that earned him 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."
"I didn’t say to the judge [of the race row case] that Luis Suarez is a racist person," Evra continued. "I just say in that moment he have some racist comment.
"I didn’t go there and say now 'you have to punish him, he is a racist person’. I don’t know that because I don’t know Luis Suarez very well to talk about it.
"But I controlled myself, I behaved myself, because in that moment I remember, it was like a voice inside my head – 'don’t do nothing stupid, don’t do nothing stupid, don’t punch him or do something stupid because a lot of people are watching this game’. For some kid, you have to show the example.
"If I do something wrong, maybe today I won’t be playing the final of the Champions League – I will get maybe a three-year ban or something like that. Sir Alex Ferguson after the game, and all my team-mates, they saw my face. I was in another galaxy in that moment.
"A lot of things were happening in my head. It was a really difficult day, but I was really proud of myself."
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