Luis Suarez has re-opened his race row with Patrice Evra by claiming that all allegations made against him were false and that he was accused without proof.
After an investigation by the FA, Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 yet the Uruguayan has always maintained that he did nothing wrong.
Now, when the case was seemingly put to bed, Suarez has decided to open it all up again with accusations of false allegations.
He told Sport890 AM: “Let me tell you, I’ve made only two mistakes in my career. My first was when I was playing for Ajax and I bit an opponent. My second was when I bit [Branislav] Ivanovic [against Chelsea].
“The case with Evra was all false. I was accused without proof. But that’s in the past. I was sad at that moment, but I’m happy today. I have grown up. I have thought more about things before doing them.
“Now people in England can’t talk about me because I’m not doing anything wrong. They have to talk about me only as a footballer. I said I’m sorry [after the Ivanovic bite] and that was all, end of story. I’ve nothing else to regret. All the other things were like a movie that people in England believed in.”
Suarez is about as despicable as they come. Biting players, cheating at the World Cup, cheating in the Premier League, swearing at fans – you name it, he has done it. Sure, he is one of the best players in the league but he is one of the most unlikable too.
Here’s what the FA said about the incident when the charge was released: “An independent regulatory commission has today found a charge of misconduct against Luis Suárez proven, and have issued a suspension for a period of eight matches as well as fining him £40,000, pending appeal.
“On 16 November 2011, the Football Association charged Luis Suárez with misconduct contrary to FA Rule E3 in relation to the Liverpool FC versus Manchester United FC fixture on 15 October 2011.
“A hearing took place from 14-20 December 2011 before an independent regulatory commission of the FA to consider the charge.
“The independent regulatory commission announced its decision on 20 December 2011, which is as follows:
“Mr Suárez used insulting words towards Mr Evra during the match contrary to FA Rule E3(1);
“the insulting words used by Mr Suárez included a reference to Mr Evra’s colour within the meaning of Rule E3(2);
“Mr Suárez shall be warned as to his future conduct, be suspended for eight matches covering all first-team competitive matches and fined the sum of £40,000;
“the [penalty] is suspended pending the outcome of any appeal lodged by Mr Suárez against this decision.
“The independent regulatory commission will provide written reasons for its decision in due course setting out:
(a) the findings of fact made by it;
(b) the reasons for its decision finding the charge proved; and
(c) the reasons for the penalty.
“Mr Suárez has the right to appeal the decision of the independent regulatory commission to an appeal board. An appeal must be lodged within 14 days of the date of the written reasons for the decision.
“The penalty is suspended until after the outcome of any appeal, or the time for appealing expires, or should Mr Suárez decide not to appeal. The reason for this is to ensure that the penalty does not take effect before any appeal so that Mr Suárez has an effective right of appeal.”
Are you inclined to believe a man who has a controversial track record or an independent regulatory commission who found him guilty of racial abuse through an investigation?
Get over yourself Suarez. Always the victim indeed.