Patrice Evra has admitted the pressure he was under prior to his non-handshake with Luis Suarez was the greatest he had ever felt in his life.
After months of ill-feeling following racism claims from Evra after the Premier League meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United in October, the France full-back was ready to end the feud on the return encounter at Old Trafford but Suarez snubbed him, earning himself widespread condemnation and forcing the Liverpool hierarchy to intervene.
"That game was the most pressure I've ever felt in my life - and all to do with shaking his hand," said Evra. "It was very difficult to decide what to do before the game. Many people would never try to shake his hand. But I tried and he refused."
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