Giorgio Chiellini may not be coming up against Luis Suarez in the Champions League final, but Patrice Evra has no problems in stirring the pot after confirming to ITV.com that he is still waiting for an apology from the Uruguayan for his now infamous ‘negrito’ comment.
When Evra was with Manchester United and Suarez was with Liverpool, the latter was charged with with racially abusing the veteran left-back and subsequently given an eight-match ban.
The Frenchman has stated on numerous occasions that the 2012 incident is now water under the bridge, he has spoken out ahead of his side meeting with Barcelona in the Champions League final on Saturday night.
“Yes, but I don’t want his apologies,” he said when asked if it was true that Suarez failed to apologise.
“It doesn’t matter, it’s no problem for me. But when we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand. He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem.
“The past is the past. I am really proud of my colour and I will shake his hand like I did with Manchester when we play against Liverpool. My game is against Barcelona, it is not against Luis Suárez, but I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch.”
Suarez has continuously protested his innocence, claiming that the use of the word “negrito” was not meant maliciously, and was instead a case of cultural misunderstanding.
Evra may have hinted that he’s over it, but his comments quite clearly suggest that he isn’t, and it will be interesting to see the dynamic between the two on the pitch on Saturday evening.