Premier League - Paper Round: Liverpool want Evra banned
Mon, 17 Oct 08:58:00 2011
You always got the impression that the Liverpool v Manchester United game was going to provide the biggest Premier League story of the weekend and the racism row surrounding Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra certainly assured that.
On Sunday, the Uruguayan striker hit back at claims from Evra that he used the same insult "more than 10 times" throughout the highly-charged clash on Merseyside and now Liverpool are reportedly ready to fight strongly on Suarez's side.
Both the Independent and the Guardian claim that the Reds are going to call on the FA to ban Evra if he cannot prove the allegations he made are true.
The Guardian notes: "The two players could be seen exchanging words at various points of the second half but it may count against Evra that he did not raise the alleged offence with referee (Andrew) Marriner during the game."
Now Evra is expected to have to try and wheel out some witnesses to help prove that his allegations are true.
The Guardian continues: "Evra will almost certainly need back-up statements from his United team-mates if the FA is to decide there is evidence to make a case against Suarez. United would not say if there were witnesses to Evra's allegations but, without them, the authorities may decide it is a case of one man's word against another."
It is not the first time that Evra has claimed he was the victim of racism. In 2008 he said he was abused by a Chelsea groundsman while warming-down which led to an altercation, but Evra could not prove that allegation and was subsequently banned for four matches.
You get the feeling this is a story that will run-and-run.
Meanwhile, QPR manager Neil Warnock is less than happy with "a mole" who he said revealed his team plans for Saturday's game against Blackburn on an online QPR message board on Friday afternoon.
"So, this supporter puts on this website that DJ Campbell has broken his foot, Heidar Helguson is playing, Jamie Mackie is playing and Adel Taarabt is out," he is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
"I think it is a disgrace that a supporter tried to get kudos like that. That should be kept in house - it is disappointing.
"It is possibly a player contributing that is probably not wanted, but that is life. I hope our loyal fans get hold of the person as I will definitely put it on our website so that they can bombard him.
"I am not bothered who it is. It is the low of the low. They can't be a QPR fan that is a cert."
Internazionale are willing to take Carlos Tevez off Manchester City's hands according to the Daily Mail, but they are only willing to pay £20 million for the Argentine – half of what City would like for the striker.
Fulham are ready to make a £500,000 January bid for David Mellor, not the former Conservative cabinet minister, but rather an 18-year-old full-back with League One side Oldham Athletic. (The Sun)
Everton have joined Blackburn in the race to sign Hoffenheim's Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic according to the Daily Mirror.
The paper says David Moyes "sent his top spy to watch Hoffenheim hit-man Ibisevic make his comeback from a thigh injury at the weekend "
Bristol City are getting closer to naming their new manager with former Cardiff boss Dave Jones and ex-Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll both said to be in the frame.
Finally, in Scotland, Celtic are close to agreeing a double-your-wages new contract with Beram Kayal, but their move for James McFadden has hit a snag with the former Birmingham man unhappy that Celtic want him to prove his fitness in training before signing. (Daily Record)