Patrice Evra has fuelled the fire behind another personal battle in Saturday night’s Champions League Final.
The Juventus defender, formerly of Manchester United, pointed out during media day that although his 2012 incident with Luis Suarez was water under the bridge, the striker never actually apologised for it.
Evera is, of course, making reference to the controversial bust-up between the pair during a Premier League match between Liverool and Manchester United where Suarez called Evra a “negrito”.
Speaking to ITV, and asked if it’s true Suarez had never apologized, Evra said: “Yes, but I don’t want his apologies.
“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 was given an 8-game ban by the FA following the incident at Anfield in 2012.
The Uruguayan has always maintained his innocence in the whole incident, insisting that the word used is not deemed racist in his cultural background, and laments that he was branded a racist over it.
Although Evra insists he’s over it, it’s clear that he hasn’t forgotten, and we can be sure that the cameras will be focusing closely in when the pair cross paths in the pre-match handshakes.