Luis Suarez, Patrice Evra Racist Comment Ban: Timeline of the Entire Saga

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Luis Suarez, Patrice Evra Racist Comment Ban: Timeline of the Entire Saga
Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra (October 15 2011)

The Luis Suarez race comment saga looked like it was coming to its end on February 11 when Liverpool traveled to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the latest game of the two clubs' great rivalry. All Suarez had to do was shake Patrice Evra's hand. Instead he blanked the French star, and the whole affair looked like it was to begin anew.

Suarez's actions drew wide condemnation from all over the football world with Sir Alex Ferguson labeling the player a "disgrace" while others wondered how Liverpool FC could have let this happen.

The ugly affair began on October 15, 2011 when Manchester United traveled to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the latest chapter of one of English football's great rivalries.

From there, football took a back seat as United's left back and French international Patrice Evra alleged that Luis Suarez had made racist comments against him.

The FA decided to investigate, and on November 17 the governing body charged Suarez for racially abusing the player. One month later and five days before Christmas, the FA gave Suarez an eight-game ban and fined him £40,000 pending an appeal by the club.

With the saga looking like it's almost over following Liverpool FC's and Luis Suarez's apologies over the missed handshake, we look at the chronicle of events from the day Luis Suarez first racially insulted Patrice Evra on October 15 to the day the Liverpool striker refused to shake the United player's hand on February 11 and the immediate aftermath from the following incredible day.

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