UK NEWS: FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION SAY LUIS SUAREZ RACE CASE EVIDENCE WAS ‘UNRELIABLE’ AND ‘INCONSISTENT’ IN RELEASED REPORT
Several weeks ago the FA (Football Association) announced that footballer Luis Suárez would be banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 for racially abusing Manchester United star Patrick Evra during a match.
Today the Football Association released the independent regulatory commission’s 115-page document which details the case, the conversation the two players had during the match at Anfield on October 15, and explains their decision to fine/suspend Suárez .
Read excerpts from the report below.
The FA’s case, in short, was as follows. In the goalmouth, Mr Evra and Mr Suarez spoke to each other in Spanish. Mr Evra asked Mr Suarez why he had kicked him, referring to the foul five minutes previously. Mr Suarez replied “Porque tu eres negro”, meaning “Because you are black”. Mr Evra then said to Mr Suarez “say it to me again, I’m going to punch you”. Mr Suarez replied “No hablo con los negros”, meaning “I don’t speak to blacks”. Mr Evra continued by saying that he now thought he was going to punch Mr Suarez. Mr Suarez replied “Dale, negro, negro, negro”, which meant “okay, blackie, blackie, blackie”. As Mr Suarez said this, he reached out to touch Mr Evra’s arm, gesturing at his skin. Mr Kuyt then intervened. When the referee blew his whistle and called the players over to him shortly after the exchanges in the goalmouth, Mr Evra said to the referee “ref, ref, he just called me a f**king black”.
Mr Suarez denied the Charge. His case, in short, was as follows. He agreed with Mr Evra that they spoke to each other in Spanish in the goalmouth. When Mr Evra asked why he had kicked him, Mr Suarez replied that it was a normal foul and shrugged his shoulders. Mr Evra then said that he was going to kick Mr Suarez, to which Mr Suarez told him to shut up. As Mr Kuyt was approaching, Mr Suarez touched Mr Evra’s left arm in a pinching style movement. According to Mr Suarez, at no point in the goalmouth did he use the word “negro”. When the referee blew his whistle to stop play, Mr Evra spoke to Mr Suarez and said (in English) “Don’t touch me, South American”. Mr Suarez replied “Por que, negro?”. He says that he used the word “negro” in a way with which he was familiar from his upbringing in Uruguay. In this sense, Mr Suarez claimed, it is used as a noun and as a friendly form of address to people seen as black or brown-skinned (or even just blackhaired). Thus, it meant “Why, black?” Mr Suarez maintained that when he said “Por que, negro?” to Mr Evra, it was intended in a conciliatory and friendly way.
On 11 November, the FA instructed two experts, Dr Scorer and Professor Wade. The
experts were instructed to prepare a written report on the linguistic and cultural
interpretations of the words “negro” and “negros” in Rioplatense Spanish. The instructions went into further detail as to the issues which the experts were asked to cover. The FA provided the experts with relevant materials, including 12 video clips of the match, the witness statement of Mr Evra and the transcript of the interview with Mr Suarez. The experts provided a written report to the FA on 15 November
Click HERE to read the full report. It is long but a very interesting read.
Earlier this year Soccer AM funny man Tubes interviewed former Guns & Roses star Slash. Now for those who are not so familiar with Tubes or popular Saturday morning show Soccer AM Tubes always does weird and says funny things while interviewing REALLY famous faces, but Slash failed to see the funny side.
This is just so embarrassing and the look on Slash’s bodyguard’s face – PRICELESS!!!!
I heard that afterwards the furious store owner asked the film crew to leave and Tubes (who is apparently a huge Slash fan) was left looking upset and foolish . He later apologised to the star.
With the UK Urban scene slowly taking over, who is leading the way and making the biggest power moves? The debaters discussed who did it big in 2011.
My thoughts on a few of the ‘power movers’ mentioned….
When I first saw Lethal B promoting his ‘DENCH’ T-shirts alongside Arsenal star Emmanuel Frimpong I thought to myself ‘what FOOLISHNESS is this?’. Then several months later Emmanuel promoted his ‘DENCH’ T-shirt for all the world to see after a match which is against FA (Football Association) rules, and was reprimanded for the move.
I had no idea though that after that incident both he and Lethal managed to persuade club officials to stock the T-shirt’s in the Arsenal store! It kills me to say this but I am impressed. That was definitely a power move of sorts.
Lemonade Money (TV production company). The team has done well. The “Urban” influenced shows that they have produced have been all over Channel 4 like a rash this year.
Boy Better Know Mobile Network (Click here to watch) – I didn’t think this was genuine. I thought it was a joke. Has anyone signed up to the network?
Jamaica has voted the People’s National Party back in to power, which means the return of veteran PNP politician Portia Simpson Miller to the post of prime minister.
Andrew Holness said it was a “humbling” defeat for his Jamaica Labour Party.
Congratulations Portia Simpson Miller. Now get to work!
Via Ghana To Ghana
A self-styled Nigerian pastor, Efe Ese, who claims he specialises in exorcising evil spirits with his penis, has found himself in the grips of the police after stealing from one of his victims.
Efe, by his trade, hypnotised women he prophesied to and lured them into believing that they were tormented by evil spirits.
He told them he had to have sex with them so he could exorcise all the demons which, he claimed, were responsible for all their misfortunes.
This is just SAD. You would have thought that the alarm bells would have gone off the moment this dirty old reprobate told the women that he had to have sex with them in order to drive out their “demons”, and then pulled out his rancid penis.
These scum bag fraud pastors really are skilled when it comes to seeking out the vulnerable and just plain gullible.
This is right up there as being one of the funniest/suspect “showbiz” stories of 2011.
A “source” has disclosed to fading OK Magazine that Cheryl Cole will be spending New Years Eve with rumoured “love interest” British singer, songwriter and producer Taio Cruz.
The source who is really Chezza’s desperate publicist added,
“Taio is starting to sort out his New Year’s Eve and if he’s performing, like he did last year, he wants to party with Cheryl. Taio is hoping to lay on a night to remember, as he and Cheryl have both had a tough 2011, He’ll want to have the best party night – they’ll both be keen for 2012 to start.”
Taio probably wants to party with someone but I doubt that someone is Cheryl.
They have ran out of credible US R&B/Hip Hop stars to link Cheryl to so have resorted to once again linking her to Taio Cruz.
Mogul Russell Simmons and his new ‘love’ Australian actress Melissa George take a romantic stroll on a beach in St Barts.
Russell has a home on the Caribbean island and being a mega rich American walks around like he owns the place (LOL).
Anyway I will always associate Melissa with the Australian soap Home & Away. She starred in the show in the 1990s and played a character called Angel.
What do all these young women see in this man? Russell is an annoying, arrogant little know it all who thinks he is an authority on everything. E.g. from conflict diamonds in Africa to politics, religion, race, art/culture, education, health and lifestyle. He also lacks sex appeal. Always has.
The Thurrock Gazette reports that 2007 Big Brother winner Brain Belo has quit the pantomime Aladdin.
Belo (24) had bagged the role of the genie but later walked out claiming he was being bullied by his co-stars and theatre staff. His mother Sue said her son had been reduced to tears after his house keys, script and costume were repeatedly hidden in his dressing room.
Click HERE to read more…
Why would anybody want to bully Brian? This is sad if true.
TV presenters Angellica Bell and husband Michael Underwood have a lot to celebrate after Angellica gave birth to a baby boy on Boxing Day. Michael announced the happy news on Twitter (where else).
The couple have named him Elijah Joseph.
Congratulations Angellica and Michael.
Check out new singer/songwriter Shakka and his new single Take Our Time.
Good production and nice vocals. I’m impressed. Take Our Time definitely gets the Mad News thumbs up!
Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?