Luis Suárez and Kenny Dalglish apologise over handshake row
Luis Suárez and Kenny Dalglish release statements apologising for their actions during Liverpool's loss at Manchester United
Luis Suárez and Kenny Dalglish have apologised after the Uruguayan refused to shake Patrice Evra’s hand before Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Saturday.
“I have spoken with the manager since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong,” said Suárez in a statement released on Sunday. “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.
“I should have shaken Patrice Evra’s hand before the game and I want to apologise for my actions. I would like to put this whole issue behind me and concentrate on playing football.”
Dalglish reacted angrily to questions over the pre-match handshakes in an interview with Sky Sports after the game – but the Liverpool boss has issued his own apology and admitted he was “shocked” to hear Suárez had not offered his hand to Evra.
“To be honest, I was shocked to hear that the player had not shaken hands having been told earlier in the week that he would do,” said Dalglish in a separate statement.
“All of us have a responsibility to represent this club in a fit and proper manner and that applies equally to me as Liverpool manager.
“When I went on TV after yesterday’s game I hadn’t seen what had happened, but I did not conduct myself in a way befitting of a Liverpool manager during that interview and I’d like to apologise for that.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said Suárez had misled the club by insisting that he was planning to shake Evra’s hand ahead of Saturday’s clash.
“We are extremely disappointed Luis Suárez did not shake hands with Patrice Evra before yesterday’s game,” said Ayre. “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 Suárez that his behaviour was not acceptable.
“Luis Suárez has now apologised for his actions which was the right thing to do. However, all of us have a duty to behave in a responsible manner and we hope that he now understands what is expected of anyone representing Liverpool football club.”
Manchester United released their own statement following the reaction from their fierce rivals.
It read: “Manchester United thanks Liverpool for the apologies issued following Saturday’s game. Everyone at Old Trafford wants to move on from this.
“The history of our two great clubs is one of success and rivalry unparalleled in British football. That should be the focus in the future of all those who love the clubs.”