Suarez sorry, bosses angry

2012-02-12 16:39

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.


  • Fessbook Nakatana - 2012-02-12 16:44

    Now concentrate on your career.

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-02-12 16:51

    Sorry is so easy to say, but at least it's a start.

      Sadrick Lottering - 2012-02-12 20:57

      Apologise? Suarez didn't apologise... He was attending to employer employee relations... They want to let this rest, how when he's apology is now an insult to the intelegence of the soccer supportors and follows. Ask Evra whether Suarez apologize to him, truthfuly he would be lie if he says Suarez did. Liverpool is now managed by goons, just sad!

  • martin.gee.godfrey - 2012-02-12 16:56

    Suarez obviously thinks that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. He snubbed Evra on purpose and his manager "Dogleash" supports him by saying "I didn't see the incident" Suarez had no intention of shaking Evra's hand. What a bellend.

      pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-02-12 17:07

      Evra's the bellend.All should've stayed on the pitch.

      Thando - 2012-02-13 08:50

      This is the apparently innocent Evra -

      Barrie - 2012-02-13 14:14

      Nobody has said anything about Rio F refusing to shake Suarez's hand???

      Sean - 2012-02-14 22:43

      @Barrie - I agree 100% with you (as a Man United supporter) ! Ferdinand is also a d@@s , but nothing gets said about that ! The biggest problem here is , people should stop seeing black and white !

  • Robert - 2012-02-12 17:27

    like Evra had his hand ready to be shaken?? he had dropped it to his side !! he was lookinf for a comfrontation.. but hey , when u play for United u seemingly answer to a seperate set of rules !!

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-02-12 18:25

      Robert watch match did you watch. Have your eyes checked.

      russel.lunt - 2012-02-12 19:40

      Both equally guilty. Evra bluffed him, and Suarez lost his composure. He was essentially provoked into a gaff, which doesn't absolve him, but doesn't make Evra an any more "credible" player than the one who changed his testimony more times and about more critical things than Suarez at the FA hearing, yet was still considered to be the font of truth. British double standards win again. At least Suarez apologised to the people he had let down - his club and his fans.

  • Reagan Titus - 2012-02-12 18:05

    robert f.... you okay and kenny 2

  • Winsome - 2012-02-12 18:34

    The 2 of them are dorks - Suarez for the handshake incident and Evra for trying to provoke a fight by stirring up U's fans - and lets face it they don't need that much stirring - it was stupid of both of them.

  • Angelo Major - 2012-02-12 18:42

    Luiz Suarez- world cup handball cheat and found GUILTY of racism. Its amazing how much support this guy has , i mean he has such great "character" , his own management admits he was wrong , but that doesnt mean anything to faithful fans.

      russel.lunt - 2012-02-12 19:45

      On the contrary - the FA said he was not a racist. Perhaps you should read the 115 page report, just like everyone else who thinks they know anything about the case without doing so. Isn't it interesting how Man U fans can sing songs about Hillsborough and chant "racist bastard" even at games not involving Liverpool when Suarez was found guilty of not being a racist, but you see only the media storm around one man not shaking the hand of one who destroyed his reputation?

      Byron - 2012-02-13 13:37

      Well said Angelo...its just strange how Liverpool supporters (in Southern Africa especially) defend something which was blatently wrong... the club is bigger than the man and the man was wrong (on 2 accounts), period.

      Barrie - 2012-02-13 14:14

      Fergie Check List - Man U player Kung Fu kicks a fan OK, Man U player misses drugs test OK, Man U player shags his brother wife for years OK, Man U player shags a granny prossie OK Man U player's dad found guilty of illegal betting OK, Man U player refuses to shake hands (Rio F) OK.. Liverpool player refuses to shake hands then Fergie says ban him for life. Proof that every person who supporst Man U and involved at Man U have double standards... United United second biggest club in Manchester..

      Paul - 2012-02-13 17:26

      He was NOT found guilty of racism. Please read the 115 page report if you're able to do so. This link simplifies it. If you cannot comprehend it then I give up.

  • msizwanaa - 2012-02-12 19:01

    that was an abysmal thing suarez did.he behaved like a kid who is being bullied by other kids. calling a truce costs nothing if he continues behaving like this ,then, he's gonna fall on the wrong side of history.

  • bhekiswayo - 2012-02-13 08:02

    eish!... ths guy needs a new calender or smthin... i mean ths is year 2012 for God sake's...

  • marisacharmellcalvert - 2012-02-13 12:02

    When Cantona kicked a fan, nobody said nothing. Now all of a sudden you wanna get on your high horse because Suarez supposedly didn't take Evra's hand? I'm sorry, but if someone was the reason I was banned for 8 matches, why the hell must I shake his hand? Screw him! Nobody commented on the fact that Ferdinand ALSO refused to shake Suarez's hand. No, I'm not a LFC supporter, I'm just saying it like I saw it. Suarez is a flippin good player and that's why all the haters want to see him fail!

      Zipho Ka Nomafu Myaluza - 2012-02-13 13:46

      so why is mr ayre angry that he misled the team,suarez is a fool,he made liverfool look like real fools,and if he wasn't wrong why did he apologize just yesterday? he's a fool

      Zipho Ka Nomafu Myaluza - 2012-02-13 13:50

      and when cantona kicked a fan he a 6 month suspension, much much much longer than what suarez got,are u even a soccer fan or u just comment coz its an open forum?

      marisacharmellcalvert - 2012-02-13 14:10

      Ok cool, he got a 6-month ban. Great. However, Utd fans never look at the bigger picture. All they do is just look at GREAT players who are NOT utd players and try and out them all the damn time. And I'm pretty much sick of it. If the roles were reversed then none of you would've made an issue. So ja, my opinion and I'm sticking to it. Don't like it? Build a bridge and get over it. Cheers!

  • OilHeater - 2012-02-13 17:04

    Suarez threw some of the worst racial slurs at Evra, how is that even forgivable via a press written comment?? How is that something that "should stay on the field', people love to downplay racism and ask for those who are affected by it to move on!

      Paul - 2012-02-13 17:28

      You don't know what you're talking about. I suggest you stop talking.

  • Deon - 2012-02-14 09:48

    Liverpool Football Club have now pulled the rug from under any idiot who looked for Suarez excuse on the handshake. Well done LFC. Stan Collymore

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