Evra needs witness in Suarez claim

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Updated: October 20, 2011

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has been told by the FA that he will need to find a witness to support his claim that Liverpool’s Luis Suarez racially abused him during Saturday’s draw.

Evra is due to be interviewed over the incident by an FA delegate today but the association will not take the issue any further unless the French full back’s evidence can be corroborated by someone who was a direct witness of the alleged abuse.

Speaking after the match the Senegalese-born full back said that Suarez used the slur “at least ten times” but the FA will not use lip-readers to review the TV footage.

Evra did not alert referee Andre Marriner to the alleged abuse during the game as is the protocol of the Kick It Out campaign and only made the official aware of the incident when he visited his room with Alex Ferguson after the game.

Suarez and Liverpool have fully denied any charge of wrongdoing and have suggested that Evra should be charged if his allegation is not found to be true.

That is extremely likely to happen though and unless Evra can find a witness to back up his story the FA will drop their investigation as they cannot take one man’s word over another’s.

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