Dalglish fears for Suarez as fans” website urges Kop to wear t-shirts
Kenny Dalglish fears Luis Suarez will become a footballing pariah until the FA clarify their reasons for handing him an unprecedented eight-game ban.
It still is unclear when the FA will be in a position to release the written verdict of the case between the Liverpool striker and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, which ended in Suarez being found guilty of racial abuse.
Down and out: Suarez has been handed an eight-match ban
Liverpool continue to give Suarez their unequivocal backing but he is likely to find opposition supporters less sympathetic and Dalglish is concerned about the treatment the Uruguayan will receive.
Dalglish has vowed to keep selecting him but the Liverpool manager hopes the FA will police the chants that will invariably be aimed at Suarez in the interim.
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Dalglish said: “I think where they (The FA) have to be more supportive is the reaction from people – and then antagonism of the crowds – towards Luis. It could be problematic. That is the great problem.
“If that”s the way they have always done it then we cannot complain. I wouldn”t know because I have never been involved in anything like this before.
“We will just consider the players who we have that are fit and well. If Luis is fit and well, he will be considered for the matches until such time is that he under sanction.
“He is a very strong character. Obviously he would be better off without (the furore), but he is strong enough and has handled it very well up to now, so I wouldn”t expect him to show anything other than total strength.
“Luis was quite emotional, very grateful (for the support he received.) It”s never a disappointment when your team-mates and people you work for give you their undivided support. For me, it”s the least he deserves.”
Having gone on the attack immediately after Suarez”s punishment was announced, initially with a powerfully worded statement, Dalglish was significantly more conciliatory at the club”s Melwood training ground on Friday.
Full support: The controversial t-shirts can be bought for 12
Buthe defended the decision of Liverpool”s players to don T-shirts during their warm-up in support of Suarez at Wigan – a fans” website is currently selling them for 12 and is urging supporters to wear them on the Kop on Boxing Day – and Dalglish explained why the club had been so forthright.
“We don”t know what the judgement is and why (the three-man independent commission) came to that judgement,” said Dalglish.
“We only know what we know. “We came out with what we did from the knowledge we had and based the statement on that. (Only when) the statement is written and shown on The FA website will have a better idea for why they came to their reasoning.
“I don”t know how this works. I don”t know if this is the way they have done it before. If this is normal, you have just got to get along with it. The club are not permitted to get into any further detail than what we have done.
“I don”t think the players have caused any trouble with their statement or by their support with the t-shirts. If we are not in any trouble, we will just leave it at that before we do get into any trouble.”
Meanwhile, a number of Liverpool fans were up in arms last night at the perceived rigging of a Sky Sports online poll.
The website asked fans to vote free of charge for the best Premier League player of 2011 for a discussion on the Goals on Sunday show, to be broadcast on Christmas Day, but many fans claimed they were unable to vote for Suarez.
However, Sky explained system was set up to stop multiple voting from one PC and every vote they received was counted.