Dalglish Defends Suarez In Racism Controversy

The controversy continues and people are taking sides.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has backed Luis Suarez amidst claims that the striker was making racist remarks during the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

In an interview following the match, Patrice Evra claimed that Suarez had verbally abused him on a number of occasions during the 90 minutes and after filing his complaint with the referee the Football Association are now looking into his allegations.

Dalglish, sporting a badge promoting the anti-racism in football campaign “Kick It Out”, spoke to the press concerning Evra’s claims. He also confronted Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s claims that Suarez was a “diver”, saying: "The only thing I will say – and then it is put to bed – is that the football club and everyone at the football club is totally and utterly fully behind Luis Suarez.”

"There was an allegation after the game about him diving all over the place and there was an allegation from Patrice Evra.

"Obviously the two things are emotive but we support the wee man on both things.

"At the start of the week the club made their position known and apart from what I have said we won't be adding to it.

"We are fully looking forward to a complete, transparent report from the FA and we will co-operate 100%."

It has been reported that Evra will be interviewed by FA officials today, with him likely being asked to provide witnesses as evidence, due to his failure to report the alleged racism during the game; it was only until after the 90 minutes had passed that he spoke with referee Andre Marriner, which will likely work against his favour.

If his claims are found to be without sufficient evidence, Liverpool officials have asked that the FA ban him. However, if Suarez is found guilty, he will receive the harshest punishment available.

 

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