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Suarez and Dalglish are sorry. It’s PRoved

Following yesterday’s toxic encounter at Old Trafford, Luis Suarez has apologised for not shaking Patrice Evra’s hand, while Kenny Dalglish has admitted overreacting with his comments in the post match interview.

Liverpool’s Suarez caused a storm by not shaking Evra’s hand before kick off and then petulantly kicking the ball in the stands as the halftime whistle went.

Dalglish defended his striker, claiming he had “not seen what had happened” and calling Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves “severe and out of order” for his comments on Suarez.

Today the Uruguayan striker issued a statement saying that: “I have spoken with the manager since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong.

“I’ve not only let him down, but also the club and what it stands for and I’m sorry. I made a mistake and I regret what happened.

“I should have shaken Patrice Evra’s hand before the game and I want to apologise for my actions.

“I would like to put this whole issue behind me and concentrate on playing football.”

Liverpool’s director Ian Ayre strongly condemned Suarez’s behaviour, expressing his disappointment at the Uruguayan’s choice of not following the line of conduct that had been previously decided by the club: “We are extremely disappointed Luis Suarez did not shake hands with Patrice Evra before yesterday’s game. The player had told us beforehand that he would, but then chose not to do so.

“He was wrong to mislead us and wrong not to offer his hand to Patrice Evra. He has not only let himself down, but also Kenny Dalglish, his team-mates and the Club. It has been made absolutely clear to Luis Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable.

“Luis Suarez has now apologised for his actions which was the right thing to do. However, all of us have a duty to behave in a responsible manner and we hope that he now understands what is expected of anyone representing Liverpool Football Club.”

Even Dalglish offered an apology, cutting a much changed figure from the defiant one that had appeared in the Old Trafford tunnel yesterday: “Ian Ayre has made the club’s position absolutely clear and it is right that Luis Suarez has now apologised for what happened at Old Trafford.

“To be honest, I was shocked to hear that the player had not shaken hands having been told earlier in the week that he would do.

“But as Ian said earlier, 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.”

Manchester United have accepted the apologies and said they’re “happy to move on”, continuing on the line of conduct that had seen the club taking a step back to allow justice to run its course.

Only yesterday had Fergie allowed his real feelings to be felt, branding Suarez “a disgrace who should never play for Liverpool Football Club again”.

The excuses are, it must be said, impeccably timed.

Only 24 hours ago Dalglish was ranting at the world that Suarez was the “real victim” of the incident, sounding more like a senile and bitter old man than a football manager.

Jamie Redknapp aside, who laid the blame on the FA for not scrapping the handshake ritual as they had done for Chelsea’s visit to QPR, the media and the whole football world were quick to condemn Liverpool’s stance on the matter – even Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen found no excuses to defend his former team-mate.

His legacy in tatters, Dalglish sought a PR stunt to try and salvage his and his striker’s reputation.

Exactly how Liverpool Football Club expect the public to believe the truthfulness of the statement is frankly beyond anyone’s guess.

The need to apologise comes from the awareness – conscious or otherwise – of having acted neglectfully, in spite or ethical or moral codes.

Suarez and Dalglish have always denied any wrongdoings, therefore the apology should not be read as “I apologise for racially abusing Patrice Evra” but purely as “I apologise for not shaking his hand”.

Dalglish’s paranoia and siege mentality have found fertile ground on the Anfield terraces with Stan Collymore – a former Anfield servant himself – being abused on twitter by Liverpool fans accusing him of having an “anti-Liverpool” agenda, after he had condemned Suarez conduct.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise though, much like Dalglish does with Suarez, he knows that Liverpool fans would forgive him everything.

After all, they were probably the only reason why he was appointed back in January.

To borrow a quote from yesterday’s interview, the only things “bang out of order” are Dalglish, Suarez and the mess they’ve dragged their club into.

The mighty have fallen, and how. Once a glorious and successful club, now nothing more than a mid-table side whose mediocrity on the pitch is mirrored by their manager’s behaviour.

 

 

Daniele (@MUFC_dan87)

75 Comments

75 Comments

  1. Andrew Massey

    February 12, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Shit article. Lack of class from United as usual.

    • Daniele

      February 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      @Andrew Massey: lack of class? a bit rich coming from your lot. Well done though, didn’t know scousers could read.

      19

    • Ian

      February 12, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      A lack of class from United?

      I think you’ll find Bill Shankly will be turning in his grave over the last few months and even more so yesterday.

      And what of OUR great manager? Oh yes, he lacks that much class he immediately told the world just how much of a disgrace the player was AND what a fantastic and proud history Liverpool has……they’re not the words of a classless man or a classless club. If you want classless mate look no further than your gaffer, your number 7 and your dirty fans.

      • redredman

        February 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

        @Ian: a Man United player assaulting a supporter (Eric Cantona on a Crystal Palace fan)
        – a Man United player assaulting a fellow player in revenge and ending his career (Roy Keane on Alf Inge Haaland)
        – a Man United player missing a drugs test and receiving a 9 month ban (Rio Ferdinand)

        • fahime shuhaime

          February 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

          so?

  2. Muadh

    February 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    This proves that Evra won

  3. redredman

    February 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    a Man United player assaulting a supporter (Eric Cantona on a Crystal Palace fan)
    – a Man United player assaulting a fellow player in revenge and ending his career (Roy Keane on Alf Inge Haaland)
    – a Man United player missing a drugs test and receiving a 9 month ban (Rio Ferdinand)Drugs cheat

    Fergusson is a hypocrite and should also apologise

  4. Greg

    February 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Pot calling kettle black? Cantona did something similar if not 10 x worse whrn he violently attacjed one of your own fans with a kungfu kick? Was he sacked? was he vilified? No.

    Short memories you Mancs have.

    YNWA.

    • Ian

      February 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Get to school you thick twat

      • Daniele

        February 12, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        @Ian: i was surprised they could read, can’t expect them to write too

    • Daniele

      February 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      @Greg: Cantona was immediately suspended by the club and served his ban, without fergie parading around t-shirts to support him. Furthermore, attacking a man is despicable and has no place in football but racially abusing another human being is simply disgusting.

      Not that we could expect anything different from your club.

      Does YNWA stand for You’ll Never Win Anything? 19

  5. peter

    February 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Cant wait for evra and whiskey nose to apologise now.

    • Daniele

      February 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      @peter: Apoogise for what exactly? The senile bitter man that you call King Kenny must have made somebody rich in Liverpool’s PR department today. Good that you believed his lies, now come back when you’ve won 19.

      • redredman

        February 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        @Daniele: a Man United player assaulting a supporter (Eric Cantona on a Crystal Palace fan)
        – a Man United player assaulting a fellow player in revenge and ending his career (Roy Keane on Alf Inge Haaland)
        – a Man United player missing a drugs test and receiving a 9 month ban (Rio Ferdinand)

  6. Shane

    February 12, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Is you ppl MAn utd fans that put english teams into trouble you dont deserve to win anything this year and no wonder you guys are called SCUMS because u lot behave like one , realistically i dont think it was a sincere apology from both but i dont blame either one of them
    they deserve the rights to lashed out at united the way man utd acted was a total hollywood winning moment and deserve and academy award and i applaud both of them for being MAN enough to say i am SORRY unlike u CHUMPS…

    • RedDevilEddy

      February 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      @Shane: what?

    • Lloyd

      February 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      @Shane: Lol…exactly how have we put english teams in trouble….you can hardly string two words together..lol..

    • Daniele

      February 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      @Shane: men enough to say sorry? Haha you had me in tears. Jog on son, jog on

      • redredman

        February 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

        @Daniele: a Man United player assaulting a supporter (Eric Cantona on a Crystal Palace fan)
        – a Man United player assaulting a fellow player in revenge and ending his career (Roy Keane on Alf Inge Haaland)
        – a Man United player missing a drugs test and receiving a 9 month ban (Rio Ferdinand)

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

          @redredman: Yeah, we got that. You said it three times, if not more. My suggestion for you is you get off your seat, take a walk to the shop and rob some milk for your daughter, then go for a sleep and get ready for school tomorrow. You know, gotta learn how to spell and read and count to 10 right?

          Oh and stop shagging your sis, I know everyone in your neighbourhood does it but it’s not cool 🙄

        • redredman

          February 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

          @RedDevilEddy: nice one eddy is that what you manure twats do you must be the product of a brother sister relationship ****

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 9:12 pm

          @redredman: Sorry, you must be mistaken. I’m not from Liverpool.

        • redredman

          February 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

          @RedDevilEddy: no mistake idiot no mistake

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 9:36 pm

          @redredman: Dururururururu RACIST BASTARD! 😀

        • Daniele

          February 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

          @redredman: Got that mate, you don’t win a prize for posting the same comment five times. I know that from the high ground you inhabit you lot think you can dish it out but it just shows how clueless you lot are. If, as you believe, Suarez was innocent why didn’t the club appeal?

          Btw, in his biography,Haaland admitted that it was his left knee – to which he had sustained an injury 4 days earlier while playing for norway – and not his right – the one injured by keane – that forced him to quit football.

          Obviously i can’t accuse your club of anything as you’re always the victim and it’s never your fault.
          Hope you enjoyed number 19 in may as much as you’re appreciating being 7th in the league.

        • redredman

          February 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

          @Daniele: you have nochance of winning the title in may your season is over. I note you havent mentioned the drug cheat scum ferdinand

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

          @redredman: Wow you are one sorry fucker 🙄

        • Daniele

          February 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

          @RedDevilEddy: no, just another scouser

        • areoplane 56

          February 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

          evra is a snake

        • Ian

          February 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

          Your name proves how much of a thick twat you are!

          In fact it’s that funny I’ve said it twice! You stupid bastard!! haha fook off! 🙂

        • redredman

          February 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

          @RedDevilEddy:drug cheat scum or is that just the norn for you evil eddy

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 9:19 pm

          @redredman: Yeah I go around and fuck my sister. Yeah I go and rob stores. Yeah I go around and make racist remarks to every guy I see on the street. Yeah I watch the history channel every day, my favorite show is Liverpool FC. Yeah I am in love with a racist. Yeah I take drugs, mmm they taste so sweet.

          Do I need to go on or do you already consider me your solemate?

        • Daniele

          February 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

          @redredman: the drug cheat? Oh yes. Because you can prove that he had taken drugs, can’t you? He was banned for missing an anti-doping test NOT for testing positive.

          We got no chance of winning the league?Really? And who’s gonna stop us from doing so?A club that hasn’t won it for the last 20yrs?

          Playing us is your cup final, you’ve become another Bolton/Wigan/Blackburn. Actually no, they don’t defend racists as you do.

          Now go on and join the queue, is giro day tomorrow, isn’it?

        • redredman

          February 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

          @Daniele: wait and see re league City will win it. As for your beloved Rio if he had nothing to hide he would have tested

        • Daniele

          February 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

          @redredman: will see about that but, by then, you’ll be contemplating another season without european football.

          Oh well,you can console yourself with Carroll,Henderson,Adams and Downing

        • redredman

          February 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm

          @Daniele: you make me laugh

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

          @redredman: Wait till you see me! 🙄 😆 😆

        • Daniele

          February 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

          @redredman: why? because you finally realised that your players are a pile of shite?

  7. DxR

    February 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Im neither a Liverpool nor a Man United fan.
    I just wanted to say that Man United fans/bloggers are in no position to take the moral high ground. The conduct of some of their players over recent times has been appalling.
    Youre as blinkered as the Suarez apologists.
    Try to be more impartial and people will read your words more carefully.

    • Ian

      February 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Look mate, as far as I’m concerned no club in the history of football has had more time to put something right and show a bit of class than Liverpool have over this issue.

      Instead they’ve just made it worse and dug deeper and deeper as the weeks (AND MONTHS) have dragged on. Our clubs conduct through THIS has been impeccable, so too has our players and our gaffer, which is a lot more than can be said for LFC.

      I wonder how Glen Johnson feels about it all?

  8. RedDevilEddy

    February 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I would gladly have my say on this matter but

    1. I’ve been warned against using foul and abusive langugage, which is a guarantee to be included when you are to talk about Suarez
    2. Fuck them. Don’t want this to be dragged any longer, it’s pathetic enough already. Liverpool are in a place where they can’t get out no matter what they do, even if they come out clean and honest they still look like a pathetic bunch.

    We beat them comfortabely and for all the doom and gloom coming from people about United we are only two points behind, Rooney has already bettered his goal-total from last season and Valencia looks like a man possessed to make up for missing most of last season. Cleverley is back, Scholes is playing as if he was 28, Rio looks back to his best and Rafael plays the kind of football we have wanted to see since he arrived in 2008… I’m loving this!

  9. candide

    February 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    It is very depressing and tiresome listening to this endless tit for tat from morons on both sides. Football is just a game but it is sad people like you lot that just don’t get that. Continue to perpetuate your hate you sad one eyed small people!

    • Daniele

      February 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      @candide: and leave the racists walk freely? Must be nice to live in cuckoo land

      • Lloyd

        February 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

        @Daniele: could not put it better myself…LFC burying your head in the sand over Suarez and KK blinded defence of him is a worrying trend LFC…Suarez has form in Holland…indeed in his very first game against United he was caught pulling DaSilvas hair when he thought no one was looking durng the mellee after a foul…shows him to be a dirty sneaky coward that he is…LFC are so desperate to win something that they have no choice but to defend their best player…I thought Stevie me looked embarrassed yesterday to see the club he loves being dragged to the level it has …why do you think the Dutch were so keen to see the back of him..and LFC paid £23m for the privilege to boot…he had just completed a 7 game ban for biting…who does that …only an animal. As for those fans who keep going on about Cantona..United banned him for 6 months which meant he would miss the rest of the season and the FA added a further 2 months as well as being fined the amount of any player in the history of the EPL at that time by United…

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

          The real hypocrites here are you lot. Show me the man or woman of any colour who says they have never uttered a racist comment in their life and I will show you a liar. If suarez is a racist for making the comment ‘I don’t talk to blacks’ in the heat of battle and we applied the same standard of judgement we would have to hang practically everybody in the old trafford crowd at that game. If ou’re going to get on a moral high horse make sure you are beyond reproach.

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 9:11 pm

          @candide: Here am I. 🙂

          Oh and I think “I kicked you because you are black, you nigger” is a racist comment. Where I come from, if you say that it’s the last you’ll ever say.

        • areoplane 56

          February 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

        • Ian

          February 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm

          Your name proves how much of a thick twat you are!

          🙂

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 9:27 pm

          @Daniele: @RedDevilEddy: Suarez did not say ‘nigger’ he said ‘negrito’ which in Spanish is not ‘nigger’. Besides before Suarez said ‘I don’t talk to blacks’ evra made a comment about suarez’s sister pussy. In latin culture that is pretty inflammatory but I guess that is ok cos its not a ‘racist’ comment, eh? The truth is evra started the verbals and he got some back. If you play with fire sometimes you get your fingers burnt

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 9:29 pm

          @candide: Have you actually read the FA report or do you get your facts from your sorry ass clubs? I’ve read the report, yeah I know I’ve got no life or whatever, but at least I know what the fuck I’m talking about here. So many people say this happend and that happend without reading the report, go read it then come back. 🙄

        • Daniele

          February 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm

          @candide: seriously, you’re one pathetic human being.
          Do one and comeback when you’ve won 19

        • Daniele

          February 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

          @candide: here i am mate. I don’t what sort of place you come from but, i guess it must be on merseyside. From where i hail, addressing someone by the colour of their skin is considered racist.

          Suarez didn’t exactly said “I don’t talk to blacks”. He talked, too much indeed, which is how this mess started.
          You might get your fact right

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 9:59 pm

          @Daniele: @Daniele: you lose your rag real easy don’t you. I’m not from manchester or liverpool not that its of any concern to you. I have read the fa report in full all 150 odd pages. You come on here you and red eddy claiming you have never uttered a racist comment in your life. I used to enjoy football but the rivalry and hatred between fans has just gone too far and spoiling it. Who cares about 19 or 18. Or 5 European cups. All these numbers will go one day. You all need to get a life. Fortunately I have one.

        • Ian

          February 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm

          Oh right, so now yo’re falling behind us in trophy numbers they become irrelevant! haha CLASS! 🙂

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm

          @Ian: I never said they were relevant in the first place. But if you want to play that game any lfc fan can say ‘come back when you win 5 european cups’. Bites like a bitch eh?

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

          @candide: Fuck it doesn’t, you guys aren’t even in Europe this season and most likely won’t be for some years, why would it bite for us?

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

          @RedDevilEddy: cos you only have 3

        • Ian

          February 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

          We won it 3 times without killing anyone, that’ll do for now 🙂

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm

          @candide: I actually haven’t, and I can stand by that. I don’t know who you are or who you are friends with, but if you are struggling to believe that someone has gone through their life without making a racist comment you really are living a sad life….

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm

          @RedDevilEddy: I have mates who are asian, black, chinese etc. I don’t believe you red eddy when you say you have never ever ever.

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

          @candide: If you knew my background you would.

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 10:48 pm

          @RedDevilEddy: so in a moment of anger you have never said anything relating to someones colour – even under your breath – ever!? Never a racist thought or utterance. Wow you must be some kind of saint! And your parents must have been saints too because even when you were a kid you never said either. Very few of us reach your unblemished standards red eddy…or should I call you Jesus?

        • Daniele

          February 12, 2012 at 10:39 pm

          @candide: fortunately you have a life. great. now i can sleep properly.

          Now take the shellsuit off, will ya? And leave that stereo there.

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm

          @Daniele: bye sweetie.it was fun while it lasted but gotta go. As Fu Manchu once said ‘the red rant will hear from me again!’

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

          @Lloyd: why did Alex Ferguson not say after the kung fu kick incident ‘Cantona should never play for united again he is a disgrace to our history’ like he did with Suarez? After his ban he was welcomed back with open arms

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

          @candide: You just don’t get it do you? 🙄 Has Fergie said Suarez is a disgrace because he was racist towards Evra? No. He said your racist bastard is a disgrace because he has dragged your team through the dirt, removed every little inch of respect and honour you had, forced you club into becoming some sad fucks and creating a whole conspiracy of this. “The world against us, wææ!!” It’s disgusting! Cantona came out and apologised for kicking the supporter who had vocally abused him, he served his punishment and we didn’t see him continue his sharade. United admitted to have done wrong, moved on, and look where we are. You guys haven’t apologised for being racist, for lying to Evra, for lying to everyone, for behaving in a manner that is disgraceful to every human being, and lastly you guys are disgraceful because you can’t put an end to it. You could have if Suarez had shaken Pat’s hand, now look. You keep it going. It’s pathetic.

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

          @RedDevilEddy: you didn’t answer the question red eddy. Cantona assaulted a member of the public and his employment should have been terminated. If you or I did that at work we would be terminated. Was that not a stain on the history of a great club like man u, in the same vein as suarez? So why did fergie not sell him?

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

          @candide: Oh I think I answered the question 😉

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

          @RedDevilEddy:but you didn’t. Just cos Cantona said he was sorry is not good enough. It would not be enough for to keep my job if I kicked a customer of my company. I would be sacked. Why was Cantona not sacked?

        • RedDevilEddy

          February 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

          @candide: Read what I wrote again. 🙄

        • candide

          February 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

          @Daniele: @RedDevilEddy: still not answering my specific question about why he was not sacked! Boring.

        • Ian

          February 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm

          Because he booted a racist 🙂

  10. Cat

    February 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    The whole world are against liverpool, they should just quit football. All the liverpool are now walking all alone. cry boy cry.

    • Lloyd

      February 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      @Cat: lol…YNWA…you are now…bet their sponsors are getting nervy..

  11. Opti

    February 12, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    YNWA = You’ll Never Win Again
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    #19 going on 20
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    Liverpool were on a perch
    United left them in the lurch
    so they’re falling fast from grace
    as they’re hating on a race
    %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    King Kenny… Poor Kenny.

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