Kenny Dalglish After Liverpool v. Manchester United and Suarez Ignoring Evra

I’ll have to take your word for it, I wasn’t there. Ask him, take it from him … I think you’re very severe and bang out of order to blame Luis Suarez for anything that happened here today. Both sets of fans behaved really well, there was banter between each other, no problem.

~ Kenny Dalglish, February 12, 2002

Dalglish has remained a staunch supporter of Suarez and defended him in post match discussions to the press despite the fact that Suarez did not shake hands with Evra. Suarez later apologized for his actions and Dalglish gave the following statement and apology:

“I was shocked to hear that the player had not shaken hands having been told earlier in the week that he would do,” Dalglish said. “All of us have a responsibility to represent this club in a fit and proper manner and that applies equally to me as Liverpool manager. When I went on TV after yesterday’s game I hadn’t seen what had happened but I did not conduct myself in a way befitting of a Liverpool manager during that interview and I’d like to apologise for that.”

Sir Alex Ferguson Quote about Luis Suarez

For a club with their history, I’d get rid of him, I really would. He is a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club. That player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The history that club has got … and he does that today. It could have caused a riot.

~ Sir Alex Ferguson

Luis Suarez refused to shake hands with Patrice Evra after Suarez was banned for eight games for racial abuse. Evra was his accuser.

Daily Soccer Quote: English Football Association’s Statement on Luis Suarez Racism Charge

“An independent regulatory commission has found a charge of misconduct against Luis Suarez proven, and have issued a suspension for a period of eight matches as well as fining him £40,000, pending appeal.”

~ English Football Association, 20 December 2011

A strong statement of intent in the fight against racism in football.