Ferdinand explains handshake snub of Suarez

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed that he lost respect for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after he refused to shake Patrice Evra’s hand, Sky Sports reports.

The Liverpool striker made his first start for the Reds since he was found guilty of racially abusing Evra in the first league game between the sides at Anfield. Suarez ignored Evra’s outstretched hand and evoked a reaction from the United captain, as well as a refusal from Ferdinand as the Uruguayan moved further down the line. Ferdinand’s side moved to the top of the table with their 2-1 win over Liverpool, but the main talking points were connected with Suarez and Evra.

The United defender felt that the issue could have been resolved by the two players shaking hands and admitted he was aggravated by Suarez’s actions. Evra’s celebrations at the end of the game sparked another argument between both sets of players and there were reports of tunnel bust-ups at half time outside the dressing rooms.

Ferdinand said: ‘I thought it was bad decision making from their guy. It’s a touchy subject at the minute and things could have been put to bed a little bit easier if the handshake had been done. After seeing what I saw, I decided not to shake his hand. He’s not got the respect that he needs to have in these situations and acknowledge a mistake and say he’s sorry. I lost all respect for the guy after that’.

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