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Glen Johnson, Paul McGrath, Ron Atkinson, Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra star in a Racism Smack Down

by | 8th, March 2012

GLEN Johnson, the Liverpool defender is talking to the Daily Mail where he is billed as Liverpool’s only black first-team player “. That’s an odd thing to state, given that Liverpool is not a racist club, operating no colour bar to players nor fans.

It duly falls upon Johnson’s shoulders to be the spokesman for the entire black community (and where are those meetings held?).

Johnson was in the line up when unlovely Luis Suarez declined to shake the hand of Manchester United’s unlovely Patrice Evra.

Says Johnson:

“Evra was clever at Old Trafford,’ said Johnson, extending his hand directly towards me. ‘Because – I’m not being funny – but if I wanted to shake your hand I would stick it right out in front of me like that. But if my hand is down here, almost by my side, then it’s because I really don’t want to shake your hand.”

We are in the realms of etiquette. Perhaps Evra was standing too close. Perhaps Suarez was waiting for the fist bump? Perhaps Suarez has a thing about germs and was thinking along Olympian lines?

“Luis didn’t shake his hand because Evra’s hand was down there. What else is Luis supposed to do? Would you go to shake someone’s hand if their hand is way down there by their side? Course not. But then, because Luis didn’t do it, Evra has pulled him back by his arm as he walked on, as if to say to everybody: “Look, I wanted to shake his hand and he didn’t…”

Evra is a dickhead. Evra is the player who showed the imaginary yellow card to the referee and cried racism. He then celebrated like a complete pillock after United won the post-shake match . Debating which of Suarez or Evra is the least likeable and nobler is akin to debating which of Rebecca Loos and Victoria Beckham is the posher.

Undeterred, Johnson ploughs on:

‘He’s following Luis with his eyes as if to say: “Right he’s gone, he’s gone (past me) so I’ll pull him back now…”

Johnson is now guessing what Evra is thinking. There can be no winners her.

‘Evra probably stayed up all night thinking about how to do that. The whole thing was ridiculous.’

Anorak would have advised that Evra diffused the situation by offering a prosthetic hand. When Suarez shook he’d have taken it right off. Better, perhaps, had the hand been white. That would have been poignant. Suarez could have used a black hand. The exchange would have been memorable. As it was, Johnson says Evra stayed up all night

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