Patrice Evra reveals he was ready to attack Luis Suarez in a Manchester street

Evra revealed he was close to attacking Suarez in the street
Evra revealed he was close to attacking Suarez in the street / AFP/GettyImages

Patrice Evra has revealed he was close to attacking Luis Suarez on Manchester's streets, but held back after realising the Uruguyan was with his wife and kids.

Evra crossed paths with the striker shortly after the pair had been involved in a scuffle when the then-Liverpool man called him an insulting Spanish N-word. And Evra, who said he would still like a fight, revealed he got his chance while out in Manchester, and was ready to approach him until he saw his wife and children behind him.

"One day I was walking in Manchester in Deansgate and my brother said: 'oh it's Luis Suarez over there'. I was with two of my brothers," the former Manchester United man told the Diary of a CEO podcast. "I looked at him and I was like 'that's it, this is the moment'.

'And he walked, and behind him I saw his kids and his wife. And I turned my back. I was like 'if you do something to him you can't do this in front of his family'. So I don't regret it because I think it would have ended up bad. I did nothing that day."

Evra added that he had to restrain himself from attacking Suarez on the pitch. "I was proud of myself because I was talking to myself - 'should I punch him? But Patrice, this is Liverpool vs Manchester, all the kids are watching this game, people won't understand'," he said.

"The second half, it was a process, I was like talking to myself "don't do it". You know when you have like a devil and an angel "don't do it, do it, don't do it, do it". All the game. I wasn't in the game. After the game, I just sat and Ferguson saw me and was like 'Patrice what's the matter? You had a good game'.

"David de Gea said 'Suarez called him a ne**o'.'

He added: "Even on the pitch I said to the referee 'did you hear what he just say, he call me with the n-word' - but the ref replied 'play, play, play, we're going to deal with that later'."