Evra reveals death threats from prisoners over Suarez racism

Date published: Tuesday 5th May 2020 9:47 - Joe Williams

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Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says he received death threats from prisoners claiming to be Liverpool fans during the Luis Suarez rae row.

Suarez was given an eight-match ban by the Football Association after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words to Manchester United defender Evra, which included a reference to the defender’s colour, at Anfield in October 2011.

Liverpool‘s players responded to the suspension by wearing t-shirts with Suarez’s face on before a Premier League match with Wigan in December 2011 in a show of support for their striker.

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The likes of Jamie Carragher and Liverpool’s former director of football Damien Comolli have since apologised for the way the club handled the situation.

And Evra has now revealed that people in prison were sending letters threatening to kill him and his family.

“Manchester United received so many threatening letters about me,” Evra told the official Manchester United podcast.

“People said: ‘We’re in jail, we’re Liverpool fans. When we get out, we’re going to kill you and your family’.

“For two months, I had security everywhere I went. They were sleeping in front of my house. Everywhere I went, the security followed me.

“It was a tough time, but I wasn’t scared. My family were scared: my wife and brother, but I wasn’t.

“I couldn’t understand why people hated me so much. They didn’t know the truth.”


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