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17/10/2011 09:35

Papers: Evra claims denied

Chris Bascombe writes in The Telegraph...

Suarez denies racism allegations
Liverpool's Luis Suarez has strongly denied accusations of racism aimed at him by Manchester United’s Patrice Evra following Saturday's draw at Anfield. The Football Association have asked to meet Evra to discuss his assertion, that Suárez subjected him to persistent racial abuse. If it is decided there is no case to answer, Liverpool expect Evra to be subject to disciplinary measures and banned due to the seriousness of his accusations. Suárez strenuously denies any wrongdoing, and last night released a statement expressing his hurt at being caught up in the controversy. “I’m upset by the accusations of racism,” Suárez said in a statement released on his Facebook page. “I can only say that I have always respected and respect everybody. We are all the same. I go to the field with the maximum illusion of a little child who enjoys what he does, not to create conflicts.” Liverpool have offered their full support to the player and their already frosty relations with Manchester United threaten to deteriorate even further as a consequence of Evra’s statements. A fresh Anfield statement said: “Luis is adamant that he has not used language of that nature and the club is totally supportive of the player.” United are making no comment on the affair following the start of the FA investigation.

Other angles on the Anfield match include praise for David De Gea after he helped prevent United's first defeat of the season. Daniel Taylor writes in The Guardian, "The Reds goalkeeper showed that he has overcome his uncertain start to life in the Premier League."

The Daily Express quotes Roberto Mancini on telling his Man City players to forget United - for now. "All our thoughts must be concentrated on Villarreal. Then we can think about the derby."

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