Did Luis Suarez Racially Abuse Patrice Evra?

The FA are set to investigate claims from Patrice Evra that he was racially abused by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Evra made the claim after the match on French television and the FA have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the Manchester United defender’s allegations.

“There are cameras. You can see him (Suarez) say a certain word to me at least 10 times,” he told Canal Plus.

“There is no place for that in 2011. He was trying to wind me up.”

Television cameras did seem to show that the pair were involved in a slight altercation when Liverpool were awarded a corner in the second half and referee Andre Mariner had to seperate both players before Patrice Evra was subsequently booked.

Liverpool meanwhile have flatly denied any claims of racism with a club spokesman telling the Daily Mail that after quizzing Suarez, they remain convinced that Evra’s claims are baseless:

“The first we knew about these allegations was 20 minutes after the final whistle when the manager was asked to go
into the referee’s office and told about them.

“The first thing we did, as you would expect, is ask the player and he has categorically denied using any language of that nature.”

In 2009 Luis Suarez was handed a 12-match ban for biting PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal.