Patrice Evra votes Luis Suarez for top PFA award

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Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has named the footballer found guilty of racially abusing him in 2011, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, as his 2013/14 Premier League Player of the Year.

According to the Sunday Mirror, Evra chose to nominate Suarez for the PFA award - one of the most prestigious individual accolades of the season - which will be announced next Sunday.

It’s also reported that a number of Evra’s teammates have also voted for Suarez, whose 29 Premier League goals have left Liverpool on the brink of securing their first league title since 1990.

Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 for “using insulting words towards” Evra in December 2011. Two months later, after he had served his ban, the Uruguay international was heavily criticised after refusing to shake Evra’s hand prior to kick off in the Premier League clash between United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.

However, the bitter race row has now deterred Evra from voting for who he believes to be the most outstanding performer of the season. Indeed, it’s claimed that the France international also voted for Suarez to win the PFA Player of the Year award last season.

A dressing-from insider at Old Trafford told the Mirror: “Suarez is an outstanding footballer, but no-one at United could believe it when Patrice voted for him.

"It shows the measure of the man that he didn't allow what happened between them to cloud his judgement.

"He clearly doesn't bear a grudge."

Suarez is the strong favourite to win the award next weekend ahead of teammates Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, plus Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Southampton’s Adam Lallana.

Patrice Evra
Manchester United
Luis Suarez
Premier League

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