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Monday February 13, 2012

Is Luis Suárez Race Baiting? Liverpool Striker Refuses to Shake Hand of Player he Racially Abused

Is Luis Suárez Race Baiting? Liverpool Striker Refuses to Shake Hand of Player he Racially Abused

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Uruguayan soccer player Luis Suarez of Liverpool’s ball club is once again in trouble for his treatment of fellow ball player Patrice Evra of Manchester United.

Ahead of Saturday’s match, Suarez and Evra stood at centerfield, but instead of shaking hands, Suarez turned away, causing everyone to shake their heads.

Flash back to December, when Suarez was suspended for 8 matches for reportedly calling Evra “negro” multiple times during a match. His actions were deemed unacceptable, and Suarez was rightfully suspended.

Jump to Saturday’s game, which was only Suarez’s second following the suspension. The 25-year-old striker had the opportunity to make things a little better for himself, but wound up doing the exact opposite by outright declining to shake Evra’s hand before the game.

Though Suarez has since said he was wrong for not shaking his hand, he already shot himself in the foot so to speak, as players on both teams, those in attendance, and those watching around the world saw what he did, or rather what he didn’t do.

Sunday, Suarez apologized, saying he let himself and Liverpool down and that he hoped the issue could not be put to rest, but that was not the end, as Liverpool’s sponsors were sure to share their thoughts in the matter with the club.

Suarez was even called “a disgrace” to Liverpool by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who also said the footballer “should never play for the club again having declined the hand of the man he racially abused.”


View “the snub heard ‘round the world” below.


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