Pair Were On Sky Panel
Jamie Carragher has apologised to former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra over the “massive mistake” Liverpool made for wearing t-shirts in support of Luis Suarez. The incident came after Suarez was charged with racially abusing the Frenchman.
Evra accused Suarez of making racially abusive comments towards him during United’s match with Liverpool at Anfield in October 2011. The Merseyside club wore t-shirts with “Suarez 7” prior to their next match. Suarez was subsequently fined £40,000 and banned for eight matches.
Carragher and Evra were together on the Sky Sports panel as Sheffield United took on Arsenal at Bramall Lane on Monday night and he took the opportunity to apologise to the Frenchman. However, he added that the then Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish knew of the decision to wear the t-shirts before he did.
“There’s no doubt we made a massive mistake that was obvious,” Carragher said.
“We travelled on the day of the game, had our lunch and had a team meeting and I remember either Kenny or Steve Clarke said, ‘Are you still wearing the shirts?’ and that was that first I heard of it.
“And I’m not saying I wasn’t part of it because as the club we got it wrong and I was vice-captain.
So I’m not sure who was actually behind it, maybe it was one of the close players, I don’t think it was anything to do with Kenny. It was the players who were close to Suarez in the dressing room and they wanted to support their mate.
“What I would say maybe I look at myself and say I didn’t have the courage as an individual to say I wasn’t wearing it. I don’t think everyone within LFC thought we were doing what was right.
“As with your own family, as a football club, your first reaction no matter what someone does is to protect even when you know they have done something wrong. And that is wrong.
“I’m not in any way condoning what we did with Suarez, it’s wrong. But it doesn’t matter what instance, it is that is the first reaction, and apologies we got it massively wrong.”