Charge Kenny! Anti-racism chief slams 'undignified' and 'unprofessional' Dalglish
Liverpool and manager Kenny Dalglish should be charged by the Football Association over their response to Luis Suarez's eight-match ban, the head of European football's anti-racism group has claimed.
Piara Powar, executive director of European football's anti-discrimination body FARE, said the FA should charge Liverpool with bringing the game into disrepute.
Powar said Dalglish's comments had been 'undignified' and their response had damaged the club's brand across the world.
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Powar said: 'I think the FA should come back now and be very clear that Liverpool could be construed to have brought the game into disrepute by the way in which they have consistently undermined the judgement and by Kenny Dalglish's comments.
'Liverpool have been too keen to support their man and in doing so have whipped up a sense of paranoia amongst their fans.
This is not the Liverpool FC that we
have applauded in the past for their support for a whole range of
issues. The responses from Kenny Dalglish have been undignified, the way
in which they have dealt with the whole matter has been unprofessional.
Making a point: Kenny Dalglish has attracted fierce criticism, especially from anti-racism chief Piara Powar, for his stance
'For the club to so aggressively militate against what looks to most people is a considered judgement from the FA leads to a potential for anarchy.'
Powar said reaction from his colleagues in other parts of the world made him believe the affair was damaging Liverpool. He added: 'They have damaged their brand, no question.
'There is no question that Liverpool do have a global appeal, but I have emails from colleagues in Africa asking me what the hell is going on.
'I think people will be watching this and I believe there is no question that their plans for global expansion will have been damaged by this.
'That's not to say they cannot come back from this but it has done them a lot of damage and they have not conducted themselves in a very palatable way.'