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FA probes Evra’s claims of racist abuse by Suarez

Manchester United's Patrice Evra tells French TV of racist abuse during Liverpool match; referee reports allegation to FA

AP, Sunday 16 Oct 2011

The English Football Association has launched an investigation into allegations from Manchester United’s Patrice Evra that he was racially abused by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez during Saturday’s Premier League match.

Evra, a black French defender, was quoted as telling French TV station Canal Plus: “There are cameras, you can see him (Suarez) say a certain word to me at least 10 times.”

English football’s governing body said in a statement: “Referee Andre Marriner was made aware of an allegation at the end of the fixture and has subsequently reported this to the FA. The FA will now begin making inquiries into the matter.”

Liverpool told The Associated Press: “The player categorically denies the allegations.”

United did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Javier Hernandez salvaged a 1-1 draw for United after Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored on a free kick.

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