But at the same time, neither Liverpool nor Suarez have issued an apology. Liverpool denies that Suarez made racist comments, while he himself denies that there’s anything wrong with the term negrito. He says it’s a normal thing to say in his native Uruguay.
That strikes me a strange argument, since Luis Suarez isn’t playing football in Uruguay, but in England. It might be socially acceptable among white Uruguayans to dismiss an opponent as a little black man, but that sort of thing just doesn’t work any more on this side of the Pond.
I’d be interested to know what black Uruguayans think of the term negrito.
To me, it sounds much the same as somebody callling an Irish player a Mick, and expecting him to laugh along with the joke.