How could an act that has no sound be so loud that you almost lose your hearing just listening to it? I heard of a supersonic energy that surpasses the ability of human beings to hear. I heard also of dog’s ability to hear things that humans can not. But for anyone to almost goes deaf just listening to Luis Suarez’s scream without him even moving his lips, is impossible. But that exactly what happened when he refused to shake Patrice Evra’s hand.
It was the loudest barbaric yawp I have ever heard. Suarez had put all his displeasure, frustration and anger against the whole world in it. He directed it toward each and every one who has any thing to do with his conviction of using racial word.
First and most of all, the yawp was directed against Evra who was the main culprit of the whole affair. Evra decided to take what was supposed to be a playground fight between two petulant kids to his parents, or in this case, to the FA. Whatever happened in the course of the game should have stayed in the game itself. This is the main rule of playing professional sports.
There are always insults being exchanged among players during the game and there can be no limits to what they can say to each others. But by the end of the game, they shake hands and move on. Or, this is what I thought was happening.
I didn’t know they changed the rule suddenly and didn’t tell anybody that there are limits to what you can say to each other during the game. And if they set a limit for insults, how far should they go? Is racial insult against a black North American or European player equal to a family insult against a South American, North African or Middle Eastern player?
The main question was: Did Suarez racially abuse Evra? (Remember that Suarez admitted saying the word “negro” in a conversation in Spanish language between the two players)
Evra said: Yes, he did.
Suarez said: No, I didn’t.
I am not going to argue the point of who was telling the truth and who was not, because both players have history of misbehaving, and in the case of Evra, he himself used a racial abuse against other players, as it was documented by a French TV program.
Suarez has one black grandparent and was involved on many occasions in charity works with black children in South Africa. For him to be labelled as a racist for the rest of his life is unbearable. It goes against all what he believes in. His hatred toward Evra who instigated this campaign to smear his reputation will go for ever.
Secondly, this yawp was directed against the English football Association (FA).
Racism is a huge problem in Great Britain in general and in sport in particular. As a matter of fact, this problem plagued the whole European continent. Every one is working hard trying to find a solution to it and if they can, they would like to get rid of it completely.
The FA found in Suarez’s case a chance to send a message to the world that racism is not tolerated. But the process that they conducted was not up to the standard from the legal point of view. They have reached their conclusion on basis of “high likelihood of guilt” instead of the standard “beyond any reasonable doubt”.
There was a lot of criticism of the legal proceeding that took place during the trial. Some of which came form legal experts who have no affiliation with Liverpool FC whatsoever. And the worst part is the fact that LFC and Suarez can’t appeal the verdict. If they tried to take the FA to outside court, they will lose their status in the English game.
I am not an expert and I am not condoning or condemning the process. But I believe that Suarez is entitled to a full and legitimate legal proceeding to clear his name. After all, he is a human being, and the reputation of being racist is something you don’t want to take with you after you finish playing the game.
The third party that the yawp was aimed at is Suarez’s own club.
According to reports, Suarez promised his club and his manager to shake hands with Evra. But I can imagine myself in his shoes. He probably agreed to it under the pressure of the management, against his wish. Otherwise, why would he shake the hand of the perpetrator who caused him so much anguish and pain in the last few months.
Liverpool FC mishandled this case from the beginning. That initial “playground” fracas could have been resolved in a sit down with the two clubs and the two players and could have been done with very fast, without any harm. But LFC was as culprit as Sir Alex Ferguson in trying to make a big deal out of it.
One can understand if Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to make a big issue out of it. He has never shied away from any attempt at derailing the Liverpool club, and he has been doing that for the last 25 years. He would not miss any chance to inflict damage to the LFC and especially to the one player that was a thorn in MUFC’s side; Luis Suarez.
Since the arrival of Kenny Dalglish, a renewed sense of hope prevails over the Anfield. A rebuilding process has started to bring back the glory days to the club. These are not good news to Sir Alex’s ear, of course. SAF has been around the league for a long time and he is an expert on how to handle administrative issue with the FA. The Liverpool club should recognize that they are facing a huge uphill battle whenever they are facing SAF in the board room.
Liverpool FC failed miserably in protecting their player and, even worse, they tarnished the club reputation trying to do that. Suarez, now, feels betrayed by his own club in spite of all the talk about supporting him from both the LFC administrators and fans, alike.
He feels lonely in the face of tremendous evil that controls the sport and the fate of its players. He, even, can’t rely on his closest people to make him feel safe. Now, he has to go back to his home in Uruguay to explain to his family, some of whom are black, that he is not racist.
But there is one thing Suarez can be sure of and that his barbaric yawp was heard loud and clear all round the world.
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