Juventus defender Patrice Evra has confirmed he will shake Luis Suarez’s hand before next month’s Champions League final despite their troubled past.
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Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined £40k after being found guilty of racially vilifying the then Manchester United man Evra during his stint at Liverpool.
The two have played against each other since the incident, most notably when Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand before a Premier League clash in February 2012.
Evra said he is happy to shake Suarez’s hand before the final on June 6, but said he would make sure the Uruguyan would “feel him” on the pitch.
“A lot of people ask me this question. It doesn’t matter. The most important thing is I play the final, you know,” Evra is quoted as saying by ESPNFC.
“I am proud to be what I am, I am proud about my colour and I will shake his hand, it is no problem.
“But I will make sure he will feel me on the pitch.”
Juventus reached its first Champions League final since the 2002-03 season following a 3-2 aggregate win over Real Madrid.
The Italian giants will face Barcelona in the final, who advanced past Bayern Munich despite losing the second leg at Allianz Arena.