Dalglish backs Suarez to fire

BY foxsports • November 17, 2011

Suarez was on Wednesday charged by the Football Association with using abusive and/or insulting words with reference to race and ethnic origin against Manchester United's Patrice Evra after a month-long investigation. The club are fully supportive of the 24-year-old, who will plead not guilty to the charge, but Dalglish thinks performances on the pitch will have more of a bearing on the player than his impending hearing with the FA. Suarez became the first Uruguay player to score four goals in an international in a stand-out performance against Chile last Friday in a 2014 World Cup qualifying victory in Montevideo. Dalglish believes that is significant and is hopeful he can start finding the target more regularly for Liverpool as he has scored only two goals - both in the Carling Cup tie at Stoke - since the Merseyside derby on October 1. "With Luis getting four in midweek that will not have done his confidence any harm whatsoever," said the Reds boss. "It's great for Luis to get four goals - I wish it was for us rather than his country. "Maybe he's kept some up his sleeve for us in the coming weeks. "He is a fantastic footballer and has been, as we have said, fantastic ever since he has come here and we are just fortunate to have him." Dalglish, who has been calling for a quick resolution to the FA investigation into Suarez, refused to be drawn into any further discussion on the matter. The charge alleges the Uruguayan of using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards Evra contrary to FA rules, including a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Evra. Liverpool released a statement on Wednesday in which they said they were "fully supportive" of the player and Dalglish did not wish to add to that. Liverpool on Wednesday issued a statement offering their full support to Suarez, who will plead not guilty to the FA charge which arose out of their 1-1 draw with Manchester United a month ago. It read: "We will discuss the matter fully with him when he returns from international duty, but he will plead not guilty to the charge and we expect him to request a personal hearing. "Luis remains determined to clear his name of the allegation made against him by Patrice Evra. "The club remain fully supportive of Luis in this matter." Dalglish said on Thursday: "I think the statement says everything and our position has not changed. That is all we've got to say." The 60-year-old also dodged questions about FIFA president Sepp Blatter's comments about racism, or his perceived lack of it, in football. Wednesday, ironically about the same time Suarez's charge by the FA was being made public, Blatter claimed racism on the pitch was not a problem and that racist abuse between players should be settled by a handshake. "There is no racism, there is maybe one of the players towards another, he has a word or a gesture which is not the correct one," he told CNN Sport. "But also the one who is affected by that, he should say that this is a game. "We are in a game, and at the end of the game, we shake hands, and this can happen, because we have worked so hard against racism and discrimination." Blatter later claimed he had been misunderstood but his comments have provoked outrage. Dalglish, however, was oblivious to the furore enveloping the head of world football's governing body. "I never saw it," said the Scot when asked what he thought of Blatter's outspoken views. "I'll read it before I comment - and I've not read it."

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