Patrice Evra Slams Liverpool Fans For Lack Of 'Respect And Class' As He Shares Letter From Liverpool CEO Peter Moore
Back in 2011, Suarez was accused of using a racial slur against Evra during a match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Anfield. The Uruguayan forward later received a £40,000 fine from the FA for his actions and an eight match ban.
Despite the ruling, Liverpool later supported Suarez in the aftermath of the incident by warming up for a Premier League game at Wigan wearing T-shirts featuring a picture of Suarez on the front and his name and number on the back.
The club also released a statement saying they were "shocked and angered" at the FA verdict.
Since the incident took place, former Manchester United left-back Evra has revealed he felt hurt seeing Liverpool players warm up in t-shirt's supporting the Uruguayan striker.
And ahead of United's highly-anticipated Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, the Frenchman posted a personal letter sent to him by Liverpool CEO Peter Moore on October 23, 2019.
He wrote on his official Instagram page: "I wish the Liverpool fans had the same respect and class as you, Peter Moore."
Here is the letter in full:
Last year, Evra emotionally discussed the racism incident that occurred back in 2011, where he also mentioned the 'touching' letter sent to him by Liverpool's CEO.
"I received a personal letter from Peter Moore and I was really touched by it," Evra said. "He told me he hoped it wasn't too late as the incident happened nine years ago.
"He got in contact about three days after the show and it was like thank you very much this letter is really touching my heart but I was really disappointed for such a long time about a big club like Liverpool supporting a cause like that.
"Now I can see real honest people working for this club and I now have even more respect for Liverpool because they are fighting against a problem for the human race.
"I was really pleased but I said 'I still hope you don't win the league!' three months ago.
"It was really important for me and even though we have a big rivalry between us but it showed Liverpool is a top class club."
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"There's no doubt we made a massive mistake that was obvious," Carragher said.
"We travelled on the day of the game, had our lunch and had a team meeting and I remember either Kenny or Steve Clarke said, 'Are you still wearing the shirts?' and that was that first I heard of it.
"And I'm not saying I wasn't part of it because as the club we got it wrong and I was vice-captain.
"So I'm not sure who was actually behind it, maybe it was one of the close players, I don't think it was anything to do with Kenny. It was the players who were close to Suarez in the dressing room and they wanted to support their mate.
"What I would say maybe I look at myself and say I didn't have the courage as an individual to say I wasn't wearing it. I don't think everyone within LFC thought we were doing what was right.
"As with your own family, as a football club, your first reaction no matter what someone does is to protect even when you know they have done something wrong. And that is wrong.
"I'm not in any way condoning what we did with Suarez, it's wrong. But it doesn't matter what instance, it is that is the first reaction, and apologies we got it massively wrong."
Rio Ferdinand has also recently urged Liverpool to apologise to Patrice Evra in response to Jamie Carragher's apology during Monday Night Football over the Suarez racism row.
"Testament to Jamie Carragher for apologising, eight years after the incident," he said on BT Sport. "But I think it is bigger than Jamie Carragher. It is the club.
"Liverpool let themselves down that day by wearing t-shirts in support of someone who had been accused of racist language.
"Eight years on and still the apology hasn't come from Liverpool. It is not a t-shirt that is going to change it, it is education."
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Featured Image Credit: PA/Instagram - Patrice Evra
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