Reds give racism the red card

The Reds have come in for criticism in recent weeks for the way

they handled Luis Suarez’s unsuccessful defence against allegations

he racially abused Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.

Last week there was also an incident in their FA Cup victory at

home to Oldham when visiting defender Tom Adeyemi was allegedly

racially abused by a fan, for which a man has since been

arrested.

“Whatever the outcome of that investigation we are deeply sorry

for what happened,” Dalglish wrote in his programme notes for this

Saturday’s match at home to Stoke.

“We do not want and will not tolerate racism or discrimination

anywhere near football and certainly not anywhere near this

football club.

“The club is blessed with a worldwide fanbase, made up of

different nationalities and diverse cultures, all of whom come

together as part of the Liverpool family.

“The club will continue its proud record of fighting all forms

of discrimination.

“Past, present or future, it has no place at Anfield, in our

club or in the game.

“We will give any help we can to Tom, Oldham Athletic and the

police to ensure this incident is dealt with properly.”

Captain Steven Gerrard echoed the sentiments of his manager,

adding in his programme notes: “Such incidents have no place in

society, in football or at LFC.

“As a football club we have always supported anti-racism

initiatives and our fans are well-known for their sporting nature

and good humour.

“Any other type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”