Evra to face Liverpool again in FA Cup

A sense of mischief prevailed over the FA Cup fourth round draw. The tie of the round sees Manchester United visit Liverpool, while the row over Luis Suarez’s racial abuse of Patrice Evra continues to simmer.

In addition there is the distinct possibility that John Terry of Chelsea will face Anton Ferdinand of Queens Park Rangers mere days before Terry is in court to face charges over a racially aggravated public order offence regarding alleged insults directed at Ferdinand.

Suarez’s suspension will still be in force for the fourth round tie, although he might be available for a replay. Liverpool have already indicated that they would like to arrange talks between the clubs to forestall any problems in advance of the Premier League encounter on February 11. The FA Cup draw has made that a matter of some urgency.

Before the Cup draw Sir Alex Ferguson had been dismissive of Liverpool’s overture, saying "I don't see why there is any need for that, to be honest." The clubs are likely to be more willing to talk now, to avoid a poisonous atmosphere on the pitch and in the stands.

There might also be a need for some urgent peace talks in West London. If QPR win their third round replay against MK Dons they will face Chelsea at Loftus Road in the final weekend in January. Terry is in court on February 1. Chelsea fans have been heard directing chants against Ferdinand since the alleged incident, which could add an unpleasant edge to the Cup encounter.

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