Suarez issues limited apology

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez issued a public apology on Wednesday night following his eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra - but has not said sorry to the Manchester United defender.

The Reds decided on Tuesday not to appeal against the Football Association suspension and £40,000 fine imposed on the Uruguay forward for his comments towards Evra during October's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Anfield, although the Merseyside club continued to challenge the independent commission's findings. Suarez said in a statement on Tuesday he would carry out the suspension "with the resignation of someone who hasn't done anything wrong" as the word 'negro' - which he claims he used "only once" - is a commonly-used word which does not show any lack of respect in his country.

He has now apologised for any offence caused - although not directly to Evra. Quoted in several national newspapers, Suarez said: "I admitted to the commission that I said a word in Spanish once and only once. I told the panel members that I will not use it again on a football pitch in England. I never, ever used this word in a derogatory way and if it offends anyone then I want to apologise for that."

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