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The Uruguay striker appeared to refuse to shake the hand of the man he had been banned for racially abusing but suggests that the whole story of the 2-1 defeat was not made clear

Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has claimed that “everything is not that [sic] it seems” after he appeared to refuse to shake the hand of Manchester United’s Patrice Evra before the two sides' Premier League clash.

The Uruguayan scored a consolation goal as the Reds were defeated 2-1 at Old Trafford but the match was overshadowed by controversy as the French defender seemed to react angrily to the snub and Rio Ferdinand then blanked the striker’s proffered hand.

Writing on Twitter after the game, Suarez said: “We lost and we are sad because we have made a big effort ...

“Disappointed because everything is not that it seems ...”

The enmity between the two clubs and their supporters was noticeable at Old Trafford as the fallout continued from Suarez’s previous suspension for racially abusing Evra in October’s reverse fixture.

There were reported confrontations between the players at half-time and, at full-time, the United defender embarked on an ostentatious victory lap, seeming to pointedly walk past the Reds striker as he did so, a gesture which earned a rebuke from his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferdinand also spoke on Twitter after the match but did not comment on the handshake incident, instead reassuring fans of his fitness after suffering some tough challenges.

“What a atmosphere what a game, great result. My neck feels ok, thanks for the concern people!” the centre-back wrote. “Great support from our fans again!”

The victory takes Manchester United to the top of the Premier League, ahead of Manchester City's trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.

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