Patrice Evra not seeking an apology from Luis Suarez
One of the most bitter feuds in Premier League history will be revisited in Saturday night's Champions League final - with Juventus defender Patrice Evra ready for his showdown with Barcelona's Luis Suarez.
Evra was a Manchester United player and Suarez was Liverpool's star striker when the pair were embroiled in an infamous clash at Anfield in October 2011, with the latter admitting he used the word 'negro' to describe his rival.
That confession led to Suarez being handed an eight-game suspension by the Football Association, with the war between the pair fuelled when the Liverpool forward refused to shake Evra's hand when they at Old Trafford later that season.
Now fate has ensured that the duo will be thrown back in each other's path in Saturday's Champions League final in Berlin, with Evra insisting he will not be looking for an apology from Evra and insisting he never believed he was a racist.
"I don’t want his apologies," Evra told ITV Sport. "It doesn’t matter, it’s no problem for me. But when we are going to play the game, I will shake his hand.
"He will never be my best friend, but this is not a problem. The past is the past.
"I am really proud of my colour and I will shake his hand like I did with Manchester when we play against Liverpool. My game is against Barcelona, it is not against Luis Suarez, but I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch."
"I didn’t say to the judge (at the FA hearing) that Luis Suarez is a racist person. I just say in that moment he have some racist comment.
"I didn’t go there and say now 'you have to punish him, he is a racist person’. I don’t know that because I don’t know Luis Suarez very well to talk about it."
Evra claims he reflects on the infamous incident that dominated the agenda in English football at the time with some pride, as he believes he conducted himself with dignity through the events.
"I controlled myself, I behaved myself," he added.
"In that moment I remember, it was like a voice inside my head – 'don’t do nothing stupid, don’t do nothing stupid, don’t punch him or do something stupid because a lot of people are watching this game’. For some kid, you have to show the example.
"If I do something wrong, maybe today I won’t be playing the final of the Champions League – I will get maybe a three-year ban or something like that. Sir Alex Ferguson after the game, and all my team-mates, they saw my face. I was in another galaxy in that moment.
"A lot of things were happening in my head. It was a really difficult day, but I was really proud of myself."