English Premiership

Suarez sorry, bosses angry

2012-02-12 16:39
Luis Suarez (AP)

London - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez apologised on Sunday for snubbing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in a traditional pre-match handshake, saying "I realise I got things wrong."

The Uruguay striker was widely criticised for failing to shake Evra's hand before Saturday's Premier League match at Old Trafford, in the players' first meeting since Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing the United defender in October.

"I have spoken with the manager (Kenny Dalglish) since the game at Old Trafford," Suarez said. "I've not only let him down, but also the club and what it stands for and I'm sorry.

"I made a mistake and I regret what happened."

Dalglish chose to defend Suarez after the match, claiming critics were "bang out of order" for blaming the striker for the subsequent events in an ill-tempered game.

Players from both teams reportedly clashed outside the dressing room at half-time - requiring police intervention - while Evra whipped up the home fans with exuberant post-match celebrations in front of Suarez.

The stance of Dalglish and Liverpool itself was widely questioned but managing director Ian Ayre revealed Suarez's actions had misled the club.

"We are extremely disappointed Luis Suarez did not shake hands with Patrice Evra before yesterday's game," Ayre said in a statement. "The player had told us beforehand that he would, but then chose not to do so.

"He was wrong to mislead us and wrong not to offer his hand to Patrice Evra. He has not only let himself down, but also Kenny Dalglish, his team-mates and the club. It has been made absolutely clear to Luis Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable."

Having only just returned to action following his lengthy FA ban, Suarez said he wants to look forward.

"I would like to put this whole issue behind me and concentrate on playing football," he said.

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