Dalglish insists Liverpool”s T-shirt support for Suarez is “the least he deserves”
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish maintains the club”s support of Luis Suarez has been right and proper and has not “caused trouble”.
The Reds came in for criticism for their strongly-worded statement in the wake of the Uruguay international”s eight-match ban imposed for using insulting words towards Patrice Evra, with a reference to the Manchester United player”s skin colour.
However, when the players issued their statement prior to Wednesday”s goalless draw at Wigan and wore T-shirts in the warm-up depicting an image of Suarez with his name and No 7 on the back there was further outcry.
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However, Dalglish defended the club”s stance in giving their full support to Suarez.
“The statement couldn”t have caused anyone any trouble and I don”t think the players have caused any trouble with the FA either by their statement or support by their T-shirts,” said the Scot.
“If we are not in any trouble we will leave it at that before we do get in any trouble.”
Dalglish said Suarez had been moved by the show of support from the club and his team-mates.
“He”s been quite emotional and very grateful,” added the Reds boss. “I don”t think it is ever a disappointment when the people you work for give you their undivided support and I think that is the least he deserves.”
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Liverpool are still awaiting the full written verdict of the independent commission who heard Suarez”s case but are not expected to receive it until after Christmas.
The moment it does arrive the club will have 14 days to consider their response and appeal if they choose, otherwise the suspension will kick in.
Dalglish, aware of how much debate was taking place about the case and the anticipated production of the written summary, said it was a matter of being patient.
“Whenever it is ready,” was his reply when asked when he expected to receive the documentation. “Most of the people have had their say, we”ve had our say but we will wait for the judgement and take it from there – but it won”t be tomorrow.
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“The club have issued the statement, the players have issued their statement visually and verbally, but we have to wait for the written report because no-one knows [what it contains].
“At this moment in time I don”t think the club are permitted to go into any further detail than they have done.”