Suarez apologises for not shaking Evra’s hand
Final Updated: Mon, Feb 13, 2012 09:24 hrs
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London: Liverpool forward Luis Suarez apologised on Sunday for not shaking Patrice Evra’s hand ahead of his side’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester United with manager Kenny Dalglish also saying sorry for his reaction.
The Uruguayan was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Evra in October but refused to shake the Frenchman’s hand throughout Saturday’s pre-match Premier League ritual, prompting widespread condemnation.
“I have spoken with the manager since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got items incorrect,” Suarez explained in a statement issued by Liverpool.
“I’ve not only allow him down, but also the club and what it stands for and I am sorry. I made a mistake and I regret what occurred.
“I must have shaken Patrice Evra’s hand just before the game and I want to apologise for my actions. I would like to put this complete situation behind me and concentrate on playing football.”
United manager Alex Ferguson branded the Uruguayan a “disgrace” although Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish, who has backed his striker all through the saga, gave a robust post-game interview wherever he argued with a television reporter.
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“To be truthful, I was shocked to hear that the player had not shaken hands getting been told earlier in the week that he would do.
“When I went on Tv soon 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.”
As the club tried to limit the harm right after a raft of criticism from players, fans and the media, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre mentioned in a third statement that Suarez had been incorrect.
“We are extremely disappointed Luis Suarez did not shake hands with Patrice Evra just before yesterday’s game. The player had told us beforehand that he would, but then chose not to do so,” said Ayre.
“He was incorrect to mislead us and incorrect not to supply his hand to Patrice Evra. He has not only let himself down, but also Kenny Dalglish, his group mates and the Club. It has been made definitely clear to Luis Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable.”
The match itself, among two of England’s fantastic rivals, was a tense affair and scuffles took location in the tunnel at halftime and fulltime.
United accepted Liverpool’s apologies in their personal statement.
“Manchester United thanks Liverpool for the apologies issued following Saturday’s game,” it study.
“Everybody at Old Trafford wants to move on from this. The historical past of our two excellent clubs is a single of success and rivalry unparalleled in British football. That ought to be the concentrate in the future of all individuals who adore the clubs.”
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