United, Liverpool off the hook

2012-02-13 17:40

London - Manchester United and Liverpool won't face disciplinary action from the Football Association over the angry scenes at Old Trafford that followed Luis Suarez's refusal to shake hands with Patrice Evra.

Liverpool striker Suarez and United captain Evra were involved in a series of explosive confrontations on Saturday as they came face to face for the first time since Suarez was given an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Evra during a match at Anfield in October.

Players from both clubs were involved in a heated exchange in the tunnel at half-time of United's 2-1 win on Saturday after Evra reportedly tried to confront Uruguay international Suarez over the handshake snub.

French defender Evra was also spoken to by referee Phil Dowd after the final whistle for his wild celebrations in front of Suarez.

However, the FA says Suarez's refusal to shake hands is not a disciplinary issue, while Dowd has reported that he dealt with Evra at the time and that the tunnel incident was not serious enough to warrant any further action.

Suarez on Sunday apologised for his refusal to shake hands with Evra, but that couldn't prevent Liverpool chiefs condemning their star striker.

Reds manager Kenny Dalglish and managing director Ian Ayre both claimed Suarez had let the club down by telling them he would shake hands with Evra and then changing his mind on the pitch.

Their strongly worded statements came after Liverpool were subjected to wide-spread criticism for both their handling of the Suarez case and Dalglish's failure in a post-match interview to condemn the Uruguayan's handshake snub.

The pre-match handshake routine takes place before every Premier League and FA Cup match and is part of the FA's Respect campaign.

The Premier League had ruled out scrapping the routine for the match, the first time Evra and Suarez have come face to face since the original incident in October, saying to do so would negate the point of the handshakes.


  • Sean - 2012-02-13 20:08

    As a Man United supporter ! What about Ferdinand`s behaviour ?? Football is becoming a real ``sissy sport`` !

  • russel.lunt - 2012-02-14 08:05

    So what about the atrocious display of "sportsmanship" at the end of the game then?

  • Bob - 2012-02-14 09:57

    The whole thing is a joke, what rubbish shaking hands before a game, the FA are a bunch of girls, what other sport do players shake hands before the game, any sport should be played with controlled passion and an aggresive will to win, after the game shake hands and go for a beer together, thats what real men do, not whimper on cos someone upset them or pulled their shirt.

  • Bob - 2012-02-14 10:01

    Fergie check list: Kung Fu kick a fan: OK Fail to turn up for a drug test: OK Bonk your brothers wife for years: OK Bonk an old hooker: OK Fail to shake hands with a black man: Banned for Life

      Gerald - 2012-02-14 10:26

      Bob What club has a Dogleash for a manager LOOSERFOOL

      Derrick - 2012-02-14 16:26

      Bob- you forgot Fergie's visit out here involving a lady in Cape Town- YNWA

  • Sharmilen - 2012-02-14 10:34

    Bob, if you followed football from years ago you will remember that players never shook hands before the was simply out of the tunnel and onto the pitch. Now with TV rights and all that jazz the players are expected to do all of this. Let' face it in the EPL or any other leagues they don't sing anthems before the games, so why stand there facing the main stand apart from giving a child supporter the opportunity of walking their teams out. So I agree with you there cut the crap out at the start of the game........let them shake hands after the game. What I don't agree with is your checklist.............where you there when all of this(except the last one) happened? Fergie never condoned what Cantona did and he was banned by the club and the FA, Ferdinand served his time for missing the drugs test...what more did you expect the FA to do? As for the 3rd and 4th claims were you actually there?? You seem to be quite misinformed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Barrie - 2012-02-16 12:34

      I agree with you on one point, forget the shaking hands before the game and it should be done afterwards. But you are missing the point that Bob is making and what most Liverpool fans are trying to say. Before Fergie starts shouting his mouth out about banning players for life, and that Suarez is a disgrace, maybe you should not look a gift horse in the mouth. Both clubs have had there fair share of player mishaps on and off the field and no club will condone these. Just like owners have made Suarez and Kenny apologise. But you must remember Man U have also had a few mishaps with their own players, so dont got shouting your mouth. I would hate the day when one of the greatest matches on the planet Man U v Liverpool is talked about for the avents off the field, rather than the football being played. And as Fergie said, he would dread the day if there was never a Liverpool fixture again.

  • Hallo - 2012-02-14 21:33

    Video evidence clearly shows that it was Evra who avoided the handshake and then ill-purposefully made as if it was Suarez who snubbed HIM. Fergie should now eat his words and not allow Evra to play for Man Utd ever again. Instead he will probably be captain again. The Man Utd culture is rotten to the core. Just like their favourite son Ryan Giggs.

      Sean - 2012-02-14 22:40

      Why bring Giggs in , you idiot ! Giggs is a legend , a true sportman !! Suppose you must be a Liverpool or ARsenal supporter ! What a w@nker !

  • Dave - 2012-02-16 13:37

    so for Ferdinand not shake hands is fine?? what about the tackle when Evra & Ferdinand collided it looked very much like they were trying to take saurez out, but that fine its in the context of the game?? its a shame when players try to get each other banned for what is said and happens in the heat of a game, think these guys should be less sensitive and why is it only "other colored" people can be racially abused or are they the only ones complaining???

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