Early Doors has always loved a good villain. It has always derived more enjoyment from cheering on the heel rather than the hero.
For example, even considering Sam Warburton's shocking red card in Wales' Rugby World Cup semi-final defeat to France on Saturday, ED would like nothing more than to see this poor French side beat the All Blacks in Sunday's final. Not because of any sympathy towards Les Bleus, you understand, but only to see the priceless looks of defeat on the faces of Israel Dagg and co as the most embarrassing barren run in sport stretches into a fourth decade.
This blog has spent more time than it cares to remember rooting for the criminal mastermind in superhero movies or screaming in frustrations at cartoons because the baddies can't seem to find better henchmen than the dunderheads they are forced to employ.
So it is perhaps no surprise that it took to Luis Suarez very well upon his move to Liverpool in January. But then, when you arrive with a rap sheet which includes a seven-game ban for biting an opponent and one of the most shocking handballs in World Cup history - both of which he remains unrepentant for - then you know you've got a character on your hands.
While he has consistently dazzled spectators and bamboozled defenders during his first year in English football, the Uruguayan has made few friends away from Anfield for his constant play-acting and antagonising. Watching the 24-year-old operate is always a bittersweet experience.
However, things have taken a much darker turn in the wake of Saturday's clash between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield. The aftermath of the 1-1 draw - broadcast live in 211 different countries across the globe - has been marred by claims from United defender Patrice Evra that he was racially abused by Suarez throughout the match.
The pair had something of a running duel in the second half, with referee Andre Marriner at one point having to have words with them before booking Evra for dissent moments later.
After the match, Evra told French television: "I was very upset. In 2011 you can't say things like this. He knows what he said, the ref knows it, it will come out.
"I won't repeat what he said, but it was a racist word, and he said it more than 10 times. He tried to wind me up. I won't make a huge deal out of it, but it's very upsetting and disappointing."
Whether or not Evra intended to make a huge deal out of the issue or not, it has inevitably become one. Any hint that one professional - in any walk of life - has racially abused another must be taken seriously and investigated fully. Even if the repeated use of a racial slur (with many reports claiming it is 'the big one' that Suarez is accused of using in this instance) is only meant as a means of winding up an opponent rather than stemming from any genuinely bigoted belief, it is still utterly reprehensible.
Suarez has responded with an outright denial. He said on Twitter: "I'm upset by the accusations of racism. I can only say that I have always respected and respect everybody.
"We are all the same. I go to the field with the maximum illusion of a little child who enjoys what he does, not to create conflicts."
Liverpool have also made a statement backing their player.
The FA has confirmed it will investigate the matter. As a matter of course in such circumstances, they will speak to Evra first and give him a chance to either retract or reiterate his allegations.
The odds appear stacked against the France international, however. He did not mention the alleged abuse to Marriner during the game, the referee did not hear anything himself, and broadcasters searching through footage of the match could also not find anything to verify the claims.
If widespread reports this morning are to be believed, then Liverpool's insistence that Evra should himself face disciplinary if his case cannot be proved hardly helps matters.
Just as the mere fact an accusation is made does not make it true, so being unable to prove said accusation does not mean it did not happen. If Evra's case is genuine but he faces punishment because there are no means of backing it up, then it sets a dangerous precedent for any player in the future who is subjected to racist abuse.
Evra is a senior player who has had his fair share of incidents in the past, and as such is well-equipped to deal with this latest furore. But what if a young player, just arrived in the country, were to find himself abused by an opponent on the pitch? Going to the authorities would be difficult enough without having to worry that they could be disciplined just because the player accused cannot be found guilty.
Cases of players being disciplined for racist behaviour are few and far between, but anyone found to be abusing a fellow professional on the basis of their race would hopefully be in line for a lot more than the meagre fines handed out to clubs and national associations when it is their fans that are found guilty.
Earlier this year, Zenit St Petersburg were fined £6,500 for their fans hurling abuse at Anzhi Makhachkala's Roberto Carlos, while Lazio were hit with a £7,000 for racist chanting during a game against Inter. To add some context, the standard fine for a Premier League team collecting seven bookings in a single match is £25,000.
Given the lack of evidence available from Saturday it seems near impossible that anything will be proven, if indeed there is anything to prove at all. The most likely outcome is that neither player will be punished, but both will continue to have the shadow of the whole affair cast over them for a long time to come.
Evra may be labelled as being quick too quick to play the 'race card' while many people will be more than happy to believe that Suarez is guilty simply because he is so unlikeable.
Even if he is proven to be innocent, ED will not be able to revel in Suarez's villainy in quite the same way ever again.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Fans like that song now. One day someone will tell me how that excites and embellishes their lives, knowing that someone else is going to get sacked in the morning. That's the one thing I've not quite come to terms with." - West Brom manager Roy Hodgson dismisses the chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning" from The Hawthorns crowd at Wolves manager Mick McCarthy after the Baggies consigned their local rivals to a fifth straight defeat.
FOREIGN VIEW: "It's hard for me to say this one's a starter and that one isn't. There is no such thing as a starter for me when one has players as good as these. It's difficult for one footballer to play three, four, five or six games, and for another to be benched for three, four or five. They're all very good players. Karim had a very good start and Higuain is currently scoring goals. This is excellent for all of us." - In the understatement of the year, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says striker Gonzalo Higuain is "currently scoring goals". The Argentina forward scored his third hat-trick in three games against Real Betis on Saturday.
COMING UP: As usual, you can watch highlights of every one of the weekend's Premier League matches right here, right now. There is also a round-up of the best five goals from the past two days and a look at some of the key talking points from the latest round of fixtures.
Later today you can read our Team of the Week, the latest blogs from Paul Parker and Pitchside Europe and an exclusive interview with Dutch legend Ruud Gullit.
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