That's what I find really strange. Even if it's true, Liverpool bringing up a conversation where their guy's background is referred to in an abusive way, given the response referring to Evra's colour, that's Liverpool giving the commission enough rope to hang Suarez with, because it makes him bang to rights on the charge. Again, 'self defence' is not applicable when it comes to this, if they both racially abuse each other then they both get banned just the same, the only possible difference being a longer ban for the guy who started it. Was the 'South American' claim made in actual statements to the commission or when talking to newspapers? The second one would make a lot more sense, if they were speaking without any legal advisement.