Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has revealed he received death threats from prisoners after the racism incident with then-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in 2011.
Suarez was found guilty of misconduct for insulting comments toward Evra by the Football Association and was suspended for eight matches, with the Uruguay international referring to his opponent’s skin colour.
In the aftermath of the incident, Evra says threats were sent to him, via the club, with many of the menacing messages coming from prisoners.
The France left-back felt the need to hire security guards to protect himself and his family when notified of the warnings.
“Manchester United received so many threatening letters about me,” Evra told the official Manchester United podcast.
“People said: ‘We’re in jail, we’re Liverpool fans. When we get out, we’re going to kill you and your family’.
“For two months, I had security everywhere I went. They were sleeping in front of my house. Everywhere I went, the security followed me.
“It was a tough time, but I wasn’t scared. My family were scared: my wife and brother, but I wasn’t.
“I couldn’t understand why people hated me so much. They didn’t know the truth.”