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.”