The Reds’ current captain admits Liverpool made a serious judgmental error choosing to back the Uruguayan striker.
picked up a ban after tangling with Manchester United defender
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Accusations of racist abuse led to Suarez being hit with an eight-game ban and a
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£40,000 fine, at the end of a two-month investigation by the Football Association, the day before Liverpool’s away match at Wigan. Reds backed Suarez by wearing t-shirts displaying an image of support for the striker.
who is now captain of the League champions concedes that action was a serious error of judgment.
“Looking back on it now, I am not sure the club or everybody dealt with it in the best way.”
The England international told Anton Ferdinand’s BBC documentary.
“From a player point of view, our mindset was on Luis and how to protect him, but really we didn't really think about Patrice.
“I think that's where we got it wrong from top to bottom. If people want to point me out then I'll take full responsibility as well as a player. People will say, 'That's a bit late', but I suppose it's better late than never.”
Evra revealed earlier in 2020 that he received apologies from Suarez, Jamie Carragher, and Liverpool in the years since the incident.
He has said:
“He [Jamie Carragher] said they made a big mistake that day and he apologised. It really touched me and now I will respect Liverpool as a football club because, when this happened, I was really disappointed with the club.
“I received an email from the chairman of Liverpool apologising for what happened nine years ago. He said I was welcome to come to Liverpool if I need anything. It really touched me because it’s better late than never, but I was surprised that Liverpool supported that kind of attitude.”