London, Oct 27: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez in his new book has revealed that he is not a racist and the word ‘negro’, which he used in his row with Manchester United’s former defenderPatrice Evra during his Liverpool days, was misunderstood.
According to reports, Suarez said he did use the Spanish word ‘negro’ in an argument that took place, in Spanish, with Evra on October 15, 2011 in a game between Liverpool and Manchester United, but argued that the word is not a racist slur in the language.
He reportedly stated to have written that he was horrified when he first realised that he is being accused of being a racist for using that word and explained what the word actually means in Spanish.
According to The Guardian report, Suarez writes that he was accused of racism against Evra. He claims that Evra started the argument in Spanish with him and the striker called him ‘negro’, which simply means ‘black’ and nothing more in Spanish.
Suarez has reportedly claimed that the word is spelled the same way in English but pronounced differently and is highly offensive, but admits that he did not even know this at that time.
The former Liverpool striker has written that he had said ‘Por que, negro?’ to Evra in Spanish, which means why black, as he was asking him that why was the United defender complaining about the foul and then the Uruguayan touching him during the game.
Suarez further added that his phrase was passed down the line to the referee as ‘Porque eres negro’ instead, which means ‘because you are black’.
The Barcelona striker has written that he is still sad and angry to think that this is a stain on his character that would probably be there forever.
It may be noted that former Liverpool striker stormed La Liga with his new mates for Barcelona against Real Madrid on Saturday. His Barcelona debut ended in defeat as Real Madrid cut the gap on the La Liga leaders to just a point as they came from behind to win El Clasico 3-1.
Playing for the first time in a competitive game since being handed a fourth month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, Suarez`s Barca career had got off to a flying start as he set up Neymar to slide home the opening goal after just three minutes.
(With Agency Inputs)