Dalglish defends Reds stance

The Reds came in for criticism for their strongly-worded statement

in the wake of the Uruguay international’s eight-match ban imposed

for using insulting words towards Patrice Evra, with a reference to

the Manchester United player’s skin colour. However, when the

players issued their statement prior to Wednesday’s goalless draw

at Wigan and wore T-shirts in the warm-up depicting an image of

Suarez with his name and number seven on the back there was further

outcry. However, Dalglish defended the club’s stance in giving

their full support to Suarez. “The statement couldn’t have caused

anyone any trouble and I don’t think the players have caused any

trouble with the FA either by their statement or support by their

T-shirts,” said the Scot. “If we are not in any trouble, we will

leave it at that before we do get in any trouble.” Dalglish said

Suarez had been moved by the show of support from the club and his

team-mates “He’s been quite emotional and very grateful,” added the

Reds boss. “I don’t think it is ever a disappointment when the

people you work for give you their undivided support and I think

that is the least he deserves.” Liverpool are still awaiting the

full written verdict of the independent commission who heard

Suarez’s case but are not expected to receive it until after

Christmas. The moment it does arrive, the club will have 14 days to

consider their response and appeal if they choose, otherwise the

suspension will kick in. Dalglish, aware of how much debate was

taking place about the case and the anticipated production of the

written summary, said it was a matter of being patient. “Whenever

it is ready,” was his reply when asked when he expected to receive

the documentation. “Most of the people have had their say, we’ve

had our say but we will wait for the judgement and take it from

there – but it won’t be tomorrow. “The club have issued the

statement, the players have issued their statement visually and

verbally, but we have to wait for the written report because no-one

knows [what it contains]. “At this moment in time I don’t think the

club are permitted to go into any further detail than they have

done.”