Suarez snubs Evra's handshake in EPL loss

Feb 12, 2012, 08:24 IST | AFP

As they faced off for the first time since last year's racial abuse incident; Rooney wins it for United

As they faced off for the first time since last year's racial abuse incident; Rooney wins it for United

Manchester United regained top spot in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday in a stormy clash marred by fresh controversy stemming from the Luis Suarez racism affair.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scores against Liverpool during
Saturday's EPL match at Old Trafford. Pics/AFP

Two second-half goals in three minutes from United talisman Wayne Rooney -- playing in his 500th game at senior level -- saw the champions go one point clear of Manchester City, who face Aston Villa on Sunday.

Manchester United's Patrice Evra looks on as Liverpool's Luiz Suarez 
snubs his handshake before Saturday's EPL match.

But the early kick-off at Old Trafford was dominated by incidents involving Suarez, who scored Liverpool's only goal in his first start since returning from an eight-match ban for racially abusing United captain Patrice Evra.

Despite assurances from both clubs' managers during the week that Evra and Suarez would shake hands before the kick-off, the Uruguayan caused an unnecessary flashpoint by ignoring Evra's outstretched hand.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez
Evra angrily grabbed Suarez's arm as the South American walked away, before United defender Rio Ferdinand then snubbed Suarez's offer of a handshake.

Tempers flared on the stroke of half-time, with Suarez appealing for a foul after being tackled by Ferdinand when through on goal, and later kicking the ball angrily towards the dug-out area.  Sky Sports later reported that police and stewards were called to the tunnel to separate scuffling players from both sides.

In the second half, Rooney volleyed in his first from close range on 47 minutes. Later in the game, he then latched onto Antonio Valencia's pass to make it 2-0. Suarez pulled one back for Liverpool later after Charlie Adam swung a free-kick into the United box and Ferdinand failed to clear.

Henry fires Arsenal to victory
Thierry Henry brought the curtain down on his glittering Premier League career in perfect fashion with a stoppage-time winner to earn Arsenal a precious 2-1 victory at Sunderland.

French striker Henry, on loan from New York Red Bulls, pounced on an Andrey Arshavin cross to poke home from close range. Aaron Ramsey had equalised for Arsenal with his first touch after coming off the bench to cancel out James McClean's opener in a frenetic finish.

Chelsea lose 0-2
Chelsea dropped out of the top four after going down to Everton at Goodison Park. Steven Pienaar and Denis Stracqualursi fired David Moyes' side to a 2-0 victory over the Blues.

Other results:
Blackburn 3-2 QPR
* Bolton 1-2 Wigan
* Fulham 2-1 Stoke
* Swansea 2-3 Norwich

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