Liverpool FC has ceased its defense of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker, who served an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Patrice Evra, nearly caused an altercation before the Liverpool vs. Manchester United match by petulantly refusing to shake Evra’s hand. The club issued a statement explicitly criticizing Suarez for his actions and had Suarez himself issue an apology.
“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 teammates and the Club. It has been made absolutely clear to Luis Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable.
From Suarez’ apology:
“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.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish also issued an apology for not condemning Suarez’ actions yesterday.
“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.”
Someone high up at Liverpool finally realized this silly charade was indefensible and affecting the club’s brand and public perception. The question is why it took the powder keg nearly exploding in their faces to take action. A prompt, appropriate response could have diffused this situation months ago.
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