Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has risked punishment from the Football Association by publicly declaring he wants an apology from Manchester United defender Patrice Evra if he is cleared over recent racial abuse claims.
Suarez took the unusual step of breaking his silence on the issue by speaking to the media in his home country about Evra's accusation, despite the governing body stating that no party should yet comment on the alleged incident. The FA is currently investigating a complaint, denied by Suarez, that Evra was racially abused by the Uruguayan during the Premier League game at Anfield in October.
"The FA will have to clarify things with [Evra]," Suarez said. "There is no evidence I said anything racist to him. I said nothing of the sort. There were two parts of the discussion, one in Spanish, one in English. I did not insult him. It was just a way of expressing myself. I called him something his team-mates at Manchester call him, and even they were surprised by his reaction.
"These things happen in football, in the heat of the moment. They leave someone looking bad. Now we have to see how the matter is decided and then, for him as much as me, we will have things clear. And wherever the fault lies, we are going to have to say sorry."