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Evra reveals he was ready to ATTACK Suarez in street until he saw wife & child

PATRICE EVRA has revealed he was ready to ATTACK Luis Suarez in the street after being racially abused – until he saw the former Liverpool star with his family.

Manchester United legend Evra has told how he previously only just managed to restrain himself during the infamous game where Suarez racially abused him at Anfield – and again when the pair did not shake hands at Old Trafford.


Patrice Evra said he was ready to ATTACK Luis Suarez after he racially abused him at Anfield in 2011Credit: AFP


Seeing the Uruguayan out with wife Sofia and children softened Evra’s moodCredit: Rex Evra – who says his problem is he still likes a fight – said he saw his chance to retaliate while out in Manchester.

However, the former France international was stopped by the sight of Suarez’s wife and children with him.

And now he has forgiven the Uruguayan.

Evra also revealed how during the match he reported the racist comment to referee Andre Marriner – who replied leave it until afterwards – leading a furious Sir Alex Ferguson to blast the officials when he found out.

And he told how ex-Liverpool player Jamie Carragher recently apologised to him for the public show of support the Liverpool players showed Suarez.

Telling how his rage nearly exploded onto the street, Evra said: “One day I was walking in Manchester in Deansgate and my brother said ‘oh it’s Luis Suarez over there’. I was with two of my brothers.

“I looked at him and I was like “That’s it, this is the moment’.

“And he walked, and behind him I saw his kids and his wife.

“And I turned my back. I was like ‘if you do something to him you can’t do this in front of his family’.”

Evra added on the Diary of a CEO podcast: “So I don’t regret it because I think it would have ended up bad. I did nothing that day.”

He said the two players did finally shake hands when he was playing for Juventus against Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final.

Evra said: “I was talking with Neymar, [Suarez] passed, he come he shook my hand, he said ‘You OK?’I said ‘I’m OK’.

It’s about education – no-one is born a racist person

Patrice Evra

“So no beef, but we’re definitely not going to go on holiday.”

Asked if he’d forgiven Suarez, Evra replied: “Yes. It’s about education – no-one is born a racist person.”

Evra, who now devotes much of his life to helping others and has set up shelters for children in Senegal, added: “I have one problem – I still like to fight.

“This is like from where I grew up. So sometimes my woman teaches me don’t use your fist.”

The former left-back, 40, told of his mental battle on the pitch to restrain himself from attacking Suarez after the insult in the 2011 game.

He said: “I was proud of myself because I was talking to myself – ‘should I punch him? But Patrice, this is Liverpool-Manchester, all the kids are watching this game, people won’t understand’.

“The second half, it was a process, I was like talking to myself ‘don’t do it’. You know when you have like a devil and an angel ‘don’t do it, do it, don’t do it, do it’. All the game. I wasn’t in the game.

“After the game I just sat and Ferguson saw me and was like ‘Patrice what’s the matter? You had a good game’.

“David de Gea said ‘Suarez called him a ne*****’.”

On hearing that, Ferguson immediately escorted Evra to the referee to report it.

Evra then revealed that Fergie tore into Marriner when he discovered the Frenchman had told the official what had happened, but nothing had been done about it.

He added: “Even on the pitch I said to the referee ‘did you hear what he just said, he call me with the n-word’ – but the ref replied ‘play, play, play, we’re going to deal with that later.'”

Evra then continued: “We went to the official, we told him, and he said ‘Yeah, yeah, Patrice told me about that’. So Ferguson like [wanted to] kill him: ‘So you were aware, why didn’t you send him off?'”


Evra and Suarez clashed again at Old Trafford when the pair did not shake handsCredit: Getty – Contributor DEATH THREATS After the story of Suarez’s abuse became public, Evra had 24-hour security for three months as he suffered death threats and his family were left scared.

Suarez was banned for eight games and fined £40,000 and refused to shake Evra’s hand on his first game back.

Evra said the worst part of the episode was seeing Liverpool’s players come out at one match with a shirt showing support for Suarez – after he had been found guilty by the FA of misconduct for using insulting words.

Evra said it was a display that ex-Liverpool player Carragher personally apologised to him for in a TV studio last year.

He said: “I did a TV show with Jamie Carragher. We start talking and he said ‘Patrice, I just would like to apologise about what happened nine years ago, what we have done is wrong.’

“I was in shock, I didn’t expect that.

“I received letters from the owners of Liverpool, emails, saying you’re more than welcome here. It was so nice.”

Evra said after Suarez had also snubbed his handshake he thought ‘I’m going to kill him now’ – but now he no longer retains any hate to Suarez.

He finished: “I don’t have any hate. I can’t call Luis Suarez a racist because I don’t know him close enough to call him that way, but in that day he used a racist word.”

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