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Suarez bites back: ‘I’m no racist’

CONTROVERSIAL: Suarez (PA)

CONTROVERSIAL BARCELONA forward Luis Suarez has refused to admit any guilt over his infamous 2011 charge of racism for calling Patrice Evra “negrito” several times.

Writing in his new autobiography, the former Liverpool player, who joined Barca over the summer during an international ban for biting at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, claimed he is “absolutely not” a racist.

The Uruguay star insisted the word he used had been misinterpreted by and that Spanish for “negro” does not have the same meaning as it does in English.

The incident occurred in a Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Manchester United when both players were at their respective sides.

In an extract published in the Guardian, Suarez says: “Am I a racist? No, absolutely not.

“I was horrified when I first realised that is what I was being accused of. And I’m still sad and angry to think that this is a stain on my character that will probably be there for ever.”

He adds: “What some people will never want to accept is that the argument took place in Spanish. I did not use the word ‘negro’ the way it can be used in English.”

Suarez also claimed the term can be used for anyone with dark features, saying that even his wife and grandmother have referred to him as “negrito”.

“My grandmother used to call my grandfather 'Negrito' and she would occasionally call me that too”, the forward says.

“I’m not trying to pretend it was meant in a friendly way to Evra because clearly we were arguing. But nor was it ever meant as a racist slur.”

Suarez made his first competitive appearance for his new side at the weekend after his Fifa ban ended, but he was unable to prevent Barca losing 3-1 to fierce rivals Real Madrid.

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