Another Trial By The FA

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Another Trial By The FA

Liverpool’s FA Cup 4th round clash at Anfield against Manchester United tomorrow puts Liverpool Football Club in the spotlight once again. With the rivalry of the two clubs it is always an explosive fixture, but this time it could be really nasty after the recent case involving Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez.

Suarez won’t be able to play in the match as he is currently serving an 8 match ban for making “racist” remarks to Evra, but Liverpool’s constant backing and defence of their star player has shown everyone that the club are not happy with the decision made by the FA. This is probably the last draw the FA could have hoped for when the draw was made.

Liverpool has accepted the FA’s decision without appeal against the 8 match ban, but by backing Suarez they are obviously accepting the decision through gritted teeth. The recent problem with a fan at the Oldham match has not helped Liverpool in their stance against racism, and the club will be under the spotlight against Manchester United.

I fear Liverpool could get into serious trouble if any player or fan steps out of line tomorrow by abusing Evra. It is such a volatile situation the club find themselves in and everyone I hear on the radio and in the papers seem to be blaming Liverpool and asking for Kenny or Liverpool Legends to come out and diffuse the situation.

OK it is a Liverpool player who has been judged to be guilty and Liverpool should have to deal with the situation. But this situation is such an awkward one for everyone involved, considering the rivalry between the two clubs and I think the FA should step in to advise Sir Alex not to play Evra in this match, because he has been the other player directly involved in this awkward, sensitive and unusual case. With Suarez already banned from the match, this leaves Evra as a prime target which I fear could get ugly.

Why should Manchester United suffer and be forced to leave one of their best players out of one of the most important matches of the season. Evra has been the victim so why should he suffer if he feels prepared to play.

The blame is with Liverpool Football Club so they have to get on with it and woe be tide anyone stepping out of line. So if there is a bloodbath tomorrow all the blame will lie with Liverpool and the book will be thrown at them, and the FA will feel no guilt, when they have the authority to prevent this happening by preventing Evra from playing.

Liverpool supporters are some of the best supporters in the world and I am not saying for a minute that trouble will happen, but there is big chance it could with feelings running very high. Every shout from a spectator and every tackle from a player on Evra is going to be scrutinised and Liverpool will be on trial by the World’s media as they will flock like vultures waiting for a piece of controversy.

If Sir Alex Ferguson had any sense and want the match to be concentrated on football, then he would leave Evra out. But Ferguson will love this situation and he knows Liverpool players, supporters and the whole club will be on trial and he will make it is as awkward as possible by playing Evra who could thrive on this and possibly cause more trouble. But Ferguson should have the decision to play Evra made for him by the FA.

I also think the FA should advise both clubs not to play Evra and Suarez in the League match that is coming up soon at Old Trafford, so that tensions can ease a little between the two clubs. I don’t expect the FA to step in as they put Liverpool on trial again. I just fear Liverpool could lose a lot more than just a Cup tie. But if things turn nasty don’t go blaming Liverpool or Manchester United, lay your blame with the FA, but you can be sure they won’t be found guilty.


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  1. lets only let the grown ups into the games so the neanderthal idiots that would start trouble are restricted to kicking over bins and telling each other how hard they are!There are to many people that think by shouting abuse and spouting utter inflammatory trip like this that they can solve the issue.

    Lets be grown ups and support the team with out the other issues in the way and move on. lets have a great day out watching what could be a fantastic match!

    For good sake everyone grow up!

  2. Good article.

    If i was (on the game against the mancs) one of the 11 LFC players i wouldn’t shake hands with Evra. NO WAY. This is not about racism. I’m sure Evra was abused many times in the past. And maybe Suarez verbaly abused him. The point is that mr Evra come forward with his accusations just to hurt LFC, not Suarez.

    Evra has a bad character, not a bad colour.

  3. Of course there’s a risk. If Evra pulls anything out of his hat this time the shit will hit the fan. Who’s a good target – Gerrard maybe? Agger? Or how about Reina, that’d be great.

    But telling Evra not to play is not the solution. Learning to deal with such players and such situations is part of the game. Liverpool just has to be adult about it, play as well as they can, and hope shenanigans by the ref, the players, etc don’t play a part in the result.

  4. evra and man united are idiot… b/c both of them are enemies of our club and always work for the death of Liverpool so that the funs are shouting against them always…. Suarez is our golden player…….you will never walk alone ……………….

  5. Lets just get on with the game and leave Evra to the Uruguayan national team when they play France, they have plans in place for him.

  6. Evra come forward with his accusations just to hurt LFC, not Suarez.
    that statement from the above is about the best ive seen, it seems the video of evra calling another blackman a
    ni%%er is not racist, evra is over the hill and ssuarez showed him to be sub standard and fergie is still upset about dlglish saying sod off when fergie was scotlands stand in manager, the both of them are sad li%rs.

  7. Agree with LFCyprus. Do not shake hands with Evra the full-time professional cheat. He cared not about the allegedly racist remark but purely wanted to get Liverpools best player in trouble. What Evra first said to Suarez was more disgusting and hurtful than anything LS said. He went entirely unpunished and the outcome is unfair in the extreme. Handshakes are between gentlemen of sport and Evra has lost that respect. No trouble from fans please though.

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