QPR boss sympathizes with Suarez
QPR manager Neil Warnock sympathizes with Luis Suarez’s response to the abuse he received at Fulham on Monday night.
Suarez has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after it was alleged he made an offensive gesture to the crowd at the end of Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat.
The Uruguay striker was the target of repeated chanting in the Premier League clash at Craven Cottage.
Warnock, who takes QPR to Anfield on Saturday, believes the FA should be as vigorous in clamping down on the source of the abuse as they are in punishing its victim.
"The FA should look into the chants by crowds and fine Premier League clubs if they give individual players so much abuse as they have done with Suarez," he said.
"If you’re going to do the player, they should also look into where these chants come from and look at fining the people or clubs concerned.
"It’s getting ridiculous now, there’s nothing done about the chants that managers and players receive.
"I’d be tempted to do what Suarez did. If the FA don’t take any action and then they get another Suarez situation, I’ll understand why it’s happened.
"Fans can do anything they want and as soon as a player reacts, he gets into trouble. That’s the standard I detest.
"It’s all right saying it’s too many people to arrest, but if clubs allow groups of people to say anything they want, the FA or Premier League should fine the clubs.
"We shouldn’t tolerate it. If it was racial abuse there’d be uproar.
"I think it’s just as bad when you’re talking about someone’s family. We shouldn’t accept it."
Warnock is hoping playmaker Adel Taarabt will pass a fitness test before the trip to Anfield as he has a thigh strain.
Matt Connolly (ankle), Kieron Dyer (foot) and DJ Campbell (foot) returned to training this week and have an outside chance of being involved.
Central midfield is once again a concern for Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.
Jay Spearing, who was expected to provide the long-term replacement for Lucas Leiva after the Brazilian’s season was ended by a cruciate knee ligament, begins a three-match suspension after his red card at Fulham.
Captain Steven Gerrard is still recovering from an ankle infection so Jordan Henderson could start in his favoured central position, although the in-form Jonjo Shelvey has continued to impress following his recall from a loan spell at Blackpool.