Liverpool striker Luis Suarez last night issued a public apology following his eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra, but has not said sorry to the Man Utd defender.

The Reds decided not to appeal against the Football Association suspension and �40,000 fine on the Uruguay forward for his comments to Evra during October's 1-1 EPL draw at Anfield.

Quoted in several national newspapers, Suarez said: "I never ever used this word in a derogatory way and if it offends anyone then I want to apologise for that."