Evra-Suarez racism row

Fergie hits back at Poyet and Reds

November 18, 2011
By ESPN staff

Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed the "inappropriate" timing of Gus Poyet's condemnation of Patrice Evra, and the Manchester United boss has accused Liverpool of not abiding by the FA request for silence regarding Evra's dispute with Luis Suarez.

Sir Alex Ferguson
PA PhotosSir Alex Ferguson: Backing Evra in race row

• Poyet lashes out at Evra

Suarez was charged by the FA earlier this week following an accusation made by Evra of racist abuse by the Liverpool man.

Liverpool have strongly defended the Uruguayan, stating their intention to support him throughout the case. Other than that, manager Kenny Dalglish has kept comments to a minimum, even telling one reporter to remove the wax from his ears when questions persisted on the subject.

However, Ferguson subtlety suggested that Liverpool have been speaking out of turn regarding the issue, and he made little effort to hide a scarcely-veiled dig aimed at the Reds on Friday.

"We've been asked by the FA not to say anything about the Evra situation, we've abided by that," Ferguson said. "I think Liverpool have been drip-feeding a lot of stuff out in the last couple of weeks.

"At the end of the day, the FA will deal with it."

Poyet labelled Evra a "cry baby" regarding his accusation of Suarez, stating: "I think it is worse to charge someone because you trust one person when you have no proof."

Ferguson, in reference to the controversy caused by Sepp Blatter's recent comments that racism does not exist in football, responded: "I'm more surprised by Gus Poyet's remarks. They're inappropriate at a time when people throughout the world are condemning racism. He's chosen the wrong time.

"I can understand why he wants to support a man of his country, but there's a way of going about it."