Few things in the past decade of football have been more predictable. It had already been written in stone. Manchester United vs Liverpool. Devils vs Reds. Luis Suarez vs Patrice Evra. Abuser vs Victim.
You could see coming it from a mile away.
Before the game had even started, it was already mired in controversy, with Suarez—suspended eight games earlier this season for allegedly racially abusing Evra—refusing to shake the Frenchman's hand.
Predictably, there has been another cry of outrage over the actions of Suarez, with football fans all over the world believing he should be kicked out of the English game for good.
Admittedly, Suarez has had a bumpy road these past few seasons.
It all seemed to start on the 2nd of July 2010, when Suarez, in what he described as "the save of the tournament," punched the ball off the line for Uruguay in injury time of the World Cup Quarter-Final against Ghana. His red-card, along with Asamoah Gyan's missed penalty, allowed Uruguay to qualify for the Semifinals.
Suarez was labelled a villain and a cheat by people who did not even begin to consider what they would have done had they been in Suarez's position, in the right place at the wrong time.
On the 7th of December, the Football Association suspended Suarez one game for making an "alleged gesture" towards Fulham fans in a game two nights prior. Photographs would later prove that the FA were completely correct in their decision, but nevertheless, the lack of concrete evidence the FA presented was alarming.
Just this week, Suarez was once again accused of foul play, after kicking Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker in the midsection. Parker had moments earlier headed away a ball that, in Suarez's eyes, was headed for his foot.
While Suarez seemed genuinely concerned and worried in reaction to Parker's injury, he was rightly booked for his recklessness. Rather than leave it at that, the entire footballing world has once again made Suarez its scapegoat. Of course, his accidental kick on Parker was worth yet another suspension.
Then, of course, there's the racist row with Evra.
Suarez was accused of racially abusing Evra and suspended eight games, seeing the 2011/12 season stolen away from his team. Again, it was alleged; there was never any video proof.
While one could easily berate the Liverpool forward for not shaking Evra's hand, consider the fact that there is no rule for or against it. Consider the fact that Suarez saw the whole incident with Evra in a completely different light. Consider the fact that Evra received nothing despite reportedly saying to Suarez, "don't touch me, South-American."
Also consider Evra's antics at the match, including instigating a fight with the Liverpool players in the tunnel at halftime and attempting to again by dancing in front of the Uruguayan after the final whistle.
So say what you like, Sir Alex. The point remains: Luis Suarez should not have shook Patrice Evra's hand.
Liverpool fans stand by Luis Suarez 100 percent. I stand by him 100 percent.
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