You’ll Never Walk Alone, Luis Suarez.
Some weeks ago, right around the time Manchester United’s Patrice Evra accused Luis Suarez of uttering a racial slur aimed towards him, I made it a point to not blog or tweet about the incident, preferring to let everything play out on its own – at first at least. I wanted to wait until the result of the FA hearing was out before I make any comment. I wanted to get all sides of the story first – I wanted to hear what both Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra have to say before I make any judgments. I wanted to be rational in making judgments, simple as that.
A few days ago, the FA found Suarez guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, sentencing him to an eight-match ban and a fine , and I was surprised with the result of hearing itself and the fact that they haven’t released any written report with regards to the results. To put things into perspective, Suarez did admit to calling Evra a ‘negrito’, but he was quick to point out that he did not mean to offend Evra, much more racially abuse him. In Uruguay, as mentioned in this particular article, it is acceptable to call a person black with regards to his or her skin color, period. In a nutshell, the concept of cultural relativism is in play here. Suarez is practicing something that is a norm in his homeland – he had no idea that he was doing something that might instigate issues regarding race. Besides, Evra himself stated that he didn’t believe that Suarez was racist, so one can’t help but wonder how the members of the FA came up with their decision. Meanwhile, Evra admitted to calling Suarez a ‘sudaco’, a deragatory phrase Europeans use to refer to people from South America, which Suarez admitted to not hearing. Strangely enough, however, Evra received no repercussions for his actions. What’s up with that?
All over the internet, people have been scoffing at Liverpool fans, condemning them – us – for allegedly ‘supporting racism’. Preposterous, and completely off the mark. We support Luis Suarez because we believe he is innocent and free of wrongdoing, not because we condone racism. Moreover, personally, I believe that it would be just plain wrong to have a person be labelled a racist when it couldn’t be clearer that he isn’t.
I support Luis Suarez not because he plays for Liverpool FC. I support him because he is innocent.