Liverpool striker Luis Suarez issues general apology for using 'negro' in confrontation with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra

The Uruguayan does not directly address the full-back in his latest statement and contradicts the 115-page independent report which claimed he's used the word seven times
Luis Suarez has issued an apology for using the word 'negro' towards Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra which led to the striker receiving an eight-match ban from the FA.

While the Uruguayan has not directly apologised to the United defender, the Liverpool forward contradicts an independent report commissioned by the FA which claimed he had used the word "negro" seven times during the incident at Anfield on October 15.

"I admitted to the commission that I said a word in Spanish once, and only once," said Suarez.

"I never, ever used this word in a derogatory way and if it offends anyone then I want to apologise for that.

"I told the panel members that I will not use it again on a football pitch in England."

The 115-page report revealed the reasons for Suarez's ban and £40,000 fine, and led to a subsequent statement from the player and Liverpool which denied the remarks towards Evra were racist.

Despite their dissatisfaction with the outcome of Suarez's investigation, Liverpool have confirmed they will not appeal the 24-year-old's ban.