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Report: Despite history, Evra tabs Suarez as PFA Player of the Year

Apr 20, 2014, 10:07 PM EDT

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Even given their terrible past (and clubs’ long rivalry), Manchester United defender Patrice Evra could not deny Liverpool forward Luis Suarez the honor of his vote as Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Player of the Year.

Evra has reportedly voted for Suarez the past two seasons, even though Suarez was found guilty of racially-abusing Evra in October 2011, and the relationship took a worse turn when the Uruguayan striker refused to shake Evra’s hand before a later match.

There were denials from Suarez as recently as last month, saying that the incident was false and did not even happen. Our friends at Soccerly have quotes from an Old Trafford source:

“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 judgment. He clearly doesn’t bear a grudge.”

No one would blame Evra for ignoring Suarez’s season, but it really is a strong nod to his class.

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