An article for Kop That by George Clark. You can follow George on Twitter atÂ @lfcgeorgeclarky
On Sunday Ian Ayre, Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez all came out with their own personal statements, admitting their embarrassment over the situation and their wrong doings. This happened after Suarez refused to shake Evraâ€™s hand when Liverpool faced Man Utd at the weekend.
Everyone has their thoughts on it, and personally, I believe it was childish and let Kenny down, who throughout the whole issue has given Suarez his full backing, almost draining Kenny and his employers dry.
When questioned by Jeff Shreeves after the match about Luisâ€™ decision to snub Evra, Kenny was quick to react saying Shreeves was bang out of order to even try and blame Suarez for the increased tension throughout the game. But even so, Kennyâ€™s words alone were not strong enough to make the headlines as Ferguson said in his post-match interview that Suarez is a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club and should be kicked out of the club. I do believe Ferguson acted in a highly unprofessional manner but the way in which Liverpool have handled the situation has been poor Â considering it could have been over and done with by now with a quick apology from Suarez as soon as Evra made the claims.
The situation weâ€™re in
Itâ€™s quite clear now to most fans that Suarez did act in a racist manner towards Evra but those actions alone do not make you a racist â€“ Something which is a common image being painted by many footballing fans. Not only do people believe that Suarez is racist, I often hear fellow Liverpool fans being called racists just because we are backing our own player.
As Iâ€™ve mentioned, the way Liverpool, as a club, have handled the issue has been poor, including the fans. But I donâ€™t believe in any way that everyone else has acted in a better manner. The media have stirred up a lot of trouble surrounding the case and the FA have not had a positive impact. I find it strange how the FA bail out two Englishmen by calling off the handshake, But when it comes to two Foreigners the FA couldnâ€™t care less.
People should be careful what they wish for, because at the end of the day, no-one is bigger than the club. We should now put this behind us, beat Brighton at the weekend and Win the League Cup.
By George Clark