Johnson blames Evra over reigniting Suarez row

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Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has jumped to the defence of teammate Luis Suarez in the handshake row with Patrice Evra.

The Uruguayan, who was hit by a Football Association charge after being found guilty of racially abusing Evra in October, appeared to reject the Frenchman prior to the meeting between Manchester United and the Reds at Old Trafford last month.

The incident sparked a host of problems during the clash, which saw Evra celebrate in Suarez's eyeline at full-time, with many blaming the forward for how events unfolded.

However, Johnson sees the incident differently.

"Evra was clever at Old Trafford," said Johnson.

"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.

"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…”

"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…'

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

After Liverpool submitted apologies for the day's incidents, Johnson has re-opened the debate into who was in the wrong prior to the clash last month.

Johnson may have re-opened wounds between the two clubs after tensions were calmed, however Liverpool are unlikely to take any action.

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