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Jamie Carragher admits Liverpool made a mistake backing Luis Suarez

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Carragher said his club made an error of judgment.
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Jamie Carragher has admitted Liverpool made a "massive mistake" by backing Luis Suarez in the 2011 racism row with Patrice Evra and apologised to the former Manchester United left-back.

Suarez was given an eight-match ban by the Football Association after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words to Evra, which included a reference to the defender's colour, at Anfield in October 2011.

Liverpool's players – including Carragher – responded to the suspension by wearing t-shirts with Suarez's face on before a Premier League match with Wigan in December 2011 in a show of support for their striker.

Former Reds defender Carragher, who was appearing on Sky Sports alongside Evra on Monday, accepts the club and players made an error of judgment.

"Apologies, we got it massively wrong," said Carragher. "There's no doubt we made a massive mistake.

"I'm not lying on that and saying I wasn't part of it because as the club we got it wrong and I was vice-captain. I'm not sure who was actually behind it.

"What I would say is that maybe I, as an individual, lacked the courage to say I wasn't wearing it.

Liverpool players wear t-shirts with the name of Luis Suarez ahead of the game with Wigan (Martin Rickett/PA)

"I don't think everyone at Liverpool thought what we were doing was right.

"Your first reaction – no matter what someone does – is to support them even if they are wrong."

Speaking about Liverpool's decision to wear t-shirts supporting Suarez, Evra said: "I saw it. I was watching the game. I was like, this is ridiculous. It is unbelievable.

Patrice Evra, right, talked about the incident with Luis Suarez, left, which happened in October 2011 (Martin Rickett/PA)

"I understand you always have to support your player because this is your team. But this was after the ban.

"What message do you send to the world? Supporting someone being banned because he used some racist words."

Suarez and Evra left Liverpool and Manchester United respectively in the summer of 2014, while Carragher retired from playing in 2013.

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2Leicester CityLeicester128222982126
3Chelsea1282227171026
4Manchester CityMan City1281335132225
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9Bournemouth124441515016
10Burnley124351718-115
11Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124351517-215
12Crystal Palace124351016-615
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124351118-715
14Tottenham HotspurSpurs123541817114
15Everton124261318-514
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham123451420-613
17Aston Villa123271720-311
18Watford12156823-158
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