Originally Posted by Kraftwerker
Why are all these people completely missing the point?
It doesn't matter if the word can sometimes have endearing and pally connotations amongst friends, because Suarez wasn't being endearing or pally - he was on the wind up and was trying to get under Evra's skin.
I'm absolutely convinced that he knew what he was saying was wrong, he's been in Europe long enough, so the naivity excuse doesn't wash. The very fact he's been too scared to come out and tell us what he said suggests he knows it's not harmless.
It's not really the point, is it? Plenty of people say things like 'mate' or 'pal' when they're arguing with someone. He'll argue likewise, I imagine. I agree with the rest of what you've said thought.