Luis Suarez Banned: Why Patrice Evra Was Right to Make a Complaint

Andrew JordanSenior Writer IDecember 20, 2011

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool tussles for posesssion with Patrice Evra of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 15, 2011 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

In case you didn't hear, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches by the FA and has accumulated a £40,000 fine over his racist comment to Patrice Evra during Manchester United's match with Liverpool on October 15.

During this match, Suarez was caught saying a term to Evra that was deemed to be racist by the FA in their investigation.

Of course there are people who will question if this punishment was too harsh or whether the suspension and the fine was enough to give to the Uruguayan striker.

But let's make one thing perfectly clear: Patrice Evra was right to forge a complaint against Luis Suarez in this case.

During the incident, Suarez clearly says something that angers Evra and it looked like Evra was going to act, but play was restarting. At that moment, Evra decided that it was much more important for his club to attempt to win rather than get angry about the incident.

For those of us watching the video, it is difficult to decipher what Suarez said to Evra. However, looking back at the tape, one could see that Suarez was certainly saying something to anger Evra and it was done in such a manner that a race could have been mentioned.

Furthermore, Evra decided not to act at all during the match and only discussed the matter after the match where he was openly disgusted.

When Evra came out and filed a complaint, his entire reputation was on the line. Considering how blurry the circumstances were, this always was going to be a difficult complaint for Evra to get the decision that he wanted.

Evra also did not get much support from his colleagues, with former Uruguay international Gus Poyet going as far as to say that he would go to court to prove his fellow countryman was not a racist.

But Evra decided to disregard what his critics said and followed through with his statement. His actions have allowed for Suarez to face a massive punishment and over a month off to think about his actions.

However, the most important part of Suarez's claim has nothing to do with him. The most important part with Suarez winning this complaint is that we need to stop racism in football.

It wasn't that long ago that black footballers were discriminated on a weekly basis with bananas thrown at them from fans throughout England.

Only in recent years have we started to see the game progress away from these terrible acts.

But racism is still prevalent in English football today. There are still very few managers hired that are black, and it doesn't appear that anything will be done soon to help stop this trend.

The FA has at least made the right move to make an example of Suarez over his actions in Anfield from two months ago.

Hopefully more footballers will come out if another player says something like Suarez did to Evra. It is the only way that we can start to see racism truly removed from the game.


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