Nothing wrong with booing Evra, says Liverpool boss Dalglish
Kenny Dalglish defended the behaviour of Liverpool fans after they booed Manchester United captain Patrice Evra throughout his side's fourth-round victory at Anfield.
The French left-back was jeered from the moment he stepped off the team coach until he left the pitch, at which point he tore off his captain's armband and threw it to one side.
Not boos: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is hailed by Liverpool fans
The gesture was more likely to
have been an expression of his
despair at his part in Liverpool's
winning goal rather than a reaction
to the treatment he received from
Liverpool fans still furious over
Evra's allegation of racial abuse
against Luis Suarez, which resulted
in the Uruguayan being banned for
eight matches by the FA.
Asked whether he thought it was right that Evra was booed, Liverpool manager Dalglish said: 'Why would I be disappointed for Evra I've been booed [when I played]. The media have played their part in trying to maintain dignity and respect and concentrate on the football today and that's what the players did and that's what the fans did. The fans are entitled to support their team. I've got no problem with that and if there's a bit of banter between the teams, that's brilliant. I don't think there was anything untoward.'
But as Dalglish spoke, he was unaware of a picture showing a Liverpool fan allegedly making racist 'monkey' gestures during the game.
Grief: Patrice Evra was roundly booed by Liverpool fans
The Kop began the exchanges
between the rival fans by chanting: 'We're not racist, we only hate Mancs' and went on to sing in support of Suarez, while United's travelling support responded by chanting 'You racist b******'.
But other than the exchange of insults, the encounter passed without major incident, with Dalglish claiming: 'I think both sets of fans have been magnificently well behaved. There is always a bit of banter, which is brilliant between Liverpool and Manchester United fans, which is the way it should be.
'There may not be a lot of respect, but it was certainly friendly banter and both sets of players just wanted to play football and it's great credit to everyone involved in both clubs that they were involved in a spectacle like that.
'For the players to go through what they went through on Wednesday night and ask them to come back and play again on a Saturday morning was a great effort. Their commitment, their attitude and their desire to get results was fantastic and I can't speak highly enough of them after that performance.'
Praise: Sir Alex Ferguson thought both sets of fans were well behaved
United manager Sir Alex
Ferguson also praised the
behaviour of both sets of players
and referee Mark Halsey. 'It was
well handled,' he said. 'It was a
sensible performance from the
referee. The players showed great
respect to each other. There wasn't
a bad tackle in the game and it was
played in great spirit.
'We dominated the game, we had a
lot of good performances. We were
comfortable and it is disappointing
'I put Hernandez on because we
thought his pace around the edge of
the box would be difficult to handle
and to lose like that is a real