Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has finally apologised to Patrice Evra over those disrespectful Luis Suarez t-shirts.
The t-shirts worn as Liverpool player rallied around Suarez despite being found to to have racially abused the former Manchester United left-back during a game against Liverpool back in 2011.
Liverpool were rightly criticised for the gesture at the time, but it was never properly stamped out by the club or any of its players until now. More so brushed under the carpet as if it never happened.
Suarez called Evra ‘negro’ several times and said “I don’t speak to blacks,” which has since been explained in a piece published over on BBC Sport.
Carragher was among the group of players that wore ‘Suarez 7’ shirts in support of the striker.
Speaking alongside Evra on punditry duty for Arsenal vs Sheffield Utd last night, the former England defender admitted the club got it wrong.
“There is no doubt we made a massive mistake, that was obvious,” Carragher said, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“We got to the ground, had our lunch and then had a team meeting – I don’t know if it was the manager (Kenny Dalglish) or (coach) Steve Clarke – asking one of the players if he still still wearing the shirt and that is the first I had heard of it.
“I am not lying and saying I wasn’t part of it because as the club we got it wrong and I was vice-captain. I am not sure who was actually behind it. I don’t think it had anything to do with the manager Kenny, I think it was the players who were close to Luis in the dressing room who really wanted to support their mate.
“Maybe I have to look at myself now and say I did not have the courage as an individual to say ‘I am not wearing it’.
“I don’t think everyone within Liverpool Football Club thought what we was doing was right but I do think as a football club or you as a family, your first reaction is to support them even if you know that they are wrong and that is wrong.”
Carragher’s excuse doesn’t quite wash with me, though his apology should be respected.
None of the rest of them have bothered to address the situation so credit to him.
But that call surely came from Dalglish. The players, or Suarez’s close mates as Carragher puts it, wouldn’t have had that much power in the dressing room. They would have still had to pass it by their manager.