Former Liverpool striker Jamie Carragher has apologized to Patrice Evra on Monday night for wearing T-shirts in support of Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan racially abused the Frenchman in 2011.
After a two month investigation, Suarez was given an eight-game ban and fined £40,000 before his Liverpool team-mates by the Football Association on 21 December including Carragher backed the Uruguayan by wearing the ‘Suarez 7’ T-shirts in a warm-up at Wigan.
National Sportslink learned that Carragher and Evra were both pundits on Sky’s Monday Night Football and the former Liverpool center-back admitted: while apologizing he said “there is no doubt we made a massive mistake. That was obvious. As a club, we got it massively wrong. “I didn’t have enough courage to say I’m not wearing it.”
“I am not lying and saying I wasn’t part of it because as the club we got it wrong, and I was vice-captain. I am not sure who was actually behind it. I don’t think it had anything to do with the manager Kenny; I think it was the players who were close to Luis in the dressing room, who really wanted to support their mate.
“Maybe I have to look at myself now and say I did not have the courage as an individual to say ‘I am not wearing it’. I don’t think everyone within Liverpool Football Club thought what we were doing was right but I do think as a football club, or you as a family, your first reaction is to support them even if you know that they are wrong, and that is wrong.”
However, Evra said he watched the game on TV and recalled: “This is ridiculous. It’s unbelievable. Even for the club, you put your own club into danger when you do those sorts of things.
“This was after the ban so which message do you send to the world when you do that. But I never go to the court and said Luis Suarez is a racist because he used some racist words. I said, ‘I don’t want you to ban Luis Suarez but I just want you to be aware of it because I didn’t react.
At the time of the racist incident in October 2011 at Anfield, Liverpool backed their player and said they were ‘very surprised’ by Suarez’s FA punishment. And then boss Kenny Dalglish, who also wore a T-shirt in a television interview, also said on Twitter he was ‘very disappointed’.