Gus Poyet leaps to Liverpool striker Luis SuÃ¡rez’s defence
Gus Poyet insists Liverpool striker Luis SuÃ¡rez is not a racist and accuses Patrice Evra of "crying like a baby"
Brighton manager Gus Poyet has defended Luis SuÃ¡rez, insisting the Liverpool striker is “not a racist”.
Poyet, 44, was commenting on the charge handed to SuÃ¡rez by The FA for alleged abuse that “included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Patrice Evra” during a recent Premier League game.
The former Chelsea midfielder insists he knows SuÃ¡rez well and even offered to testify in court to defend the Liverpool striker.
“Luis SuÃ¡rez is 100 per cent not a racist,” Poyet told TalkSPORT. “We can accuse people and make SuÃ¡rez look like a racist, but he’s not.
“I know Luis very well and I will go to court if someone wants to prove he’s not racist.
“We live in Uruguay with plenty of people who have different colour skin. We all live together and play football together. I’ve been room-mates with people of different colour and we have no problems at all.
“I can assure you and everyone Luis is not a racist. We use different words and it is a different kind of situation. What hurts me the most is that you accuse someone. Luis SuÃ¡rez has been accused of being a racist.
“You cannot accuse people without a proper investigation, especially when it’s a foreigner who is coming from a different place where we treat people of colour in a different way. So it was very easy to accuse someone.”
Poyet revealed that he has been on the receiving end of racist abuse in the past but did not report the incidents – and he criticised Manchester United left-back Evra for “crying like a baby” after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with the Red Devils at Anfield.
“I believe Luis SuÃ¡rez, it’s simple,” Poyet said. “I played football for seven years in Spain and was called everything because I was from South America, and I never went out crying like a baby, like Patrice Evra, saying that someone had said something to me.”
And the former Uruguay international also believes English football needs to be more understanding of foreign players who arrive in the Premier League.
“England should adapt to the foreigners that come here and England needs to understand how the rest of the world lives,” he added. “If we have that understanding, easy.
“If you try to go to a point that doesn’t exist in the rest of the world, it’s going to be complicated.
“You think the rest of the world is wrong and you are right. Maybe it looks like you want the whole world to drive on the right hand side. Do you want that? So you need to adapt as well.”