Evra 'to be asked to shake Suarez's hand'
Published 22:32 07/02/12 By David Maddock
Patrice Evra will be asked to shake hands with Luis Suarez when the pair come face to face on Saturday.
The Premier League has confirmed the pre-match ritual will go-ahead at the weekend when Manchester United entertain Liverpool, despite the ill-feeling surrounding the showdown.
Suarez has just returned to action from the eight-match ban imposed after he was found guilty of racially abusing the Old Trafford defender Evra, and is almost certain to play in the high-octane game.
The Premier League cancelled the handshakes before Chelsea met QPR in the FA Cup last week to diffuse the tension surrounding the court case brought against Blues skipper John Terry for alleged racist abuse of Rangers' Anton Ferdinand.
But officials have indicated they will not follow a similar path on Saturday, pointing to the facts that Suarez has served his punishment and that Evra has no desire to pursue the matter further.
It is a decision backed by United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who said recently he expected his defender to put the issue behind him.
"Patrice has already shown the courage to fight it by complaining about it, so therefore he has nothing to be ashamed of. I don't think it's a problem shaking hands," Ferguson said.
The game - which will be broadcast in 212 countries across the globe - is already one of the most combustible in the Premier League calendar, and the Suarez affair serves to ramp up the heat even further.