Roberto Mancini: Luis Suarez Is Not a Racist

Etihad Stadium boss offers opinion on Uruguayan.

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says it was important that Luis Suarez apologised after he was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Mancini added: “It is impossible that we are always perfect. Everything can happen because you don’t think.”

Suarez was handed an eight-match ban by an independent Football Association commission on 20 December – a decision that he did not appeal – and the player issued a general apology on 5 January. He will not play in either leg of the semi-final against City.

“Sometimes a situation like this can happen on the pitch,” continued Mancini. “It is important to apologise for what he did.

“Sometimes on the pitch you can do something that you don’t want to do. You are nervous. You don’t think on the pitch.

“I don’t think Suarez is a racist. He made a mistake? Probably, yes.

“Everyone can do a mistake sometimes. It is important to say, ‘I am sorry, I made a mistake, I apologise for this and I accept the charge’.”


Of course Roberto Mancini’s Man City side will not have to go up against Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez as he is currently serving an eight match ban.

It does seem that everyone is keen to move on from the incident that occurred some months back but it appears that currently Liverpool are still being judged for their reaction to the initial charge laid at their player’s door whilst also having to deal with the recent allegation that one of their fans racially abused Oldham Athletic’s Tom Adeyemi.

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