The Manchester United defender accused the Uruguayan of having directed racist abuse against him in a clash with Liverpool at Anfield in November 2011.
Suarez would be found guilty and banned for eight games a month later, but Evra’s immediate reaction was to hit his opponent.
Only the fear of being banned himself and setting a bad example to all who watch him prevented him from doing so.
He told the official United website: “The referee [Andre Marriner] came and asked what was going on with the two of us. He saw my eyes change and asked me if it was okay. I told him he had racially abused me and he said, “Okay, we’ll talk after the game. Keep playing and don’t do anything stupid.
“I remember, during this match, I was talking to myself saying to myself:” If you hit him now, people will see you as bad. People will forget what he said. ” I was like, “Don’t do … do it …” I wasn’t focused on the game.
“I can do my job – I could have hit him on the field, but what would I have gotten? Maybe banned for two years? In front of all the children and all the people watching the game. ”
Evra was threatened with death after the Merseyside incident and was under security surveillance for two months.
But he admits that it was the balance sheet of his family, not himself, that was the most difficult.
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He added, “After it was in the papers, and Manchester United received so many threatening letters about me. People said, “We are in prison, we are Liverpool fans. When we go out, we will kill you and your family. ”
“For two months, I was safe everywhere I went. They slept outside my house. Everywhere I went, security followed me. It was a difficult time, but I was not afraid.
“My family was afraid: my wife and my brother, but I was not. I couldn’t understand why people hated me so much. They did not know the truth. “