Rabu, 04 Januari 2012

Kenny won't say more on Suarez

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists the full story of Luis Suarez's ban has not been made public, after the club opted not to appeal.

Dalglish refuses to accept Liverpool are creating more problems by continuing to challenge the findings of an independent commission which found Suarez guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra.

The club and the player reluctantly accepted the eight-match ban and £40,000 fine on Tuesday night - meaning the striker was unavailable for the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.

However, Dalglish refused to back down in the long-running row over how the situation has been handled and claimed the 115-page report which damned Suarez's evidence failed to mention several salient facts.

He would not elaborate on what those were, but insisted he was right to raise the issue.

"I don't think we are digging a bigger hole - it is unfortunate we cannot be more forthcoming," said the Scot after both the club and the player issued statements on Tuesday night.

"There are a lot of things we'd like to say and a lot of things we could say but we don't want to get ourselves into trouble.

"We know what has gone on; we know what is not in the report and that is important for us.

"But without me getting myself in trouble, that is me finished.

"It is unfortunate that you don't actually know the whole content of what went on at the hearing.

"I am not prepared and I cannot say. I cannot go any further."

Dalglish also defended the much-criticised decision by the players and himself to wear T-shirts in support of Suarez at the Wigan match before Christmas.

"If one of your guys was in trouble, would you help and support him if you knew it was the truth and you knew it was right?" he said.

"If they want to show their support for their team-mate, what is wrong with that?

"I think it is a fabulous statement to make visually of your support for a guy who is endeared in the dressing room."

Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion campaign, welcomed Liverpool's decision to bring the matter to a conclusion.

"We commend Liverpool FC in bringing closure to this matter, reaffirming its commitment to an unequivocal, zero-tolerance approach towards discrimination in football," he said.

"The club can now move on from this period, showing leadership in how it demonstrates and communicates this stance to players and fans alike.

"We look forward to working on the next level of Kick It Out's Equality Standard framework closely with the club."

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