Evra to pursue racism claims

Frenchman adamant he wants to follow up complaint

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 18/10/11 12:49pm

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed Patrice Evra wants to pursue his allegation of racism against Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Manchester United defender Evra claims he was racially abused by Suarez on several occasions during Saturday's 1-1 draw between the teams at Anfield.

Suarez has denied the claims and says he is "upset" at the allegations made by Evra.

The Football Association has said that it will investigate Evra's claims after referee Andre Marriner was also made aware of them.

Ferguson has sought Evra out for a chat ahead of United's UEFA Champions League encounter with Otelul Galati in Romania on Tuesday and he admits the situation is now in the hands of the FA.


"I spoke to Patrice today. He is adamant he wants to follow it on," said Ferguson.

"It is not an easy one for us.

"Everyone knows Manchester United and Liverpool have great responsibilities in terms of things that happen on the field.

"Saturday was terrific. Both sets of fans were good. There was not any of that silly chanting we have had in previous years. Both sets of fans deserve praise for that.

"It is not something we would want to level against Liverpool and it is not against Liverpool.

"Obviously Patrice feels very aggrieved at what was said to him.

"It rests in the hands of the FA now."

Ferguson insists Evra remains in the right frame of mind to play against Galati despite the incident

"Yes, yes," replied Ferguson. "There is no problem."


Earlier this month Uefa warned Bulgaria they face a disciplinary hearing into racist taunts during their Euro 2012 qualifier with England in Sofia earlier in the season and Ferguson believes England combat the problem effectively.

"I am not aware of any instances in terms of British football," admitted Ferguson.

"We concentrate on our own game. What happens in other countries I am not really sure.

"I read about some things but I have never immersed myself in that kind of thing.

"It doesn't happen in England. There are very few examples of that.

"Since I have come down we have had some fantastic players at Manchester United who have been black, fantastic players.

"It is not an issue for the game itself but there is an odd example.

"Maybe this is what surprised Patrice Evra. He thought he was slighted on Saturday.

"We don't want to see it. It is as simple as that."

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