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Liverpool’s Suarez Conspiracy Finally Over?

After a long row that started in October and included an 8-match ban, non-handshakes, tunnel bust-ups and apologies, is the Evra-Suarez race-row finally over?


Sometimes you just have to admit you are in the wrong. Take a breath, step forward and hold your hands up – apologize sincerely and move on. Ever since October however, in which the infamous case of racial abuse unfolded at Anfield between Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, Liverpool football club have found it unbelievably difficult to accept any guilt and wrap the ugly case up with a simple but sincere apology.

The bizarre t-shirts boasting support for Suarez amidst the allegations, the inappropriately belligerent and accusing club statements, the extraordinarily defensive interviews conducted by Kenny Dalglish throughout the whole foul affair, and the comically paradoxical catchphrase of ‘Justice for Suarez’ despite him being the antagonist, hardly covered Liverpool in any glory.

Of course, they were standing up for their player; shielding him from heavy public scrutiny, but when an independent regulatory commission finds the player guilty of calling Evra an offensive, racially discriminatory term – unacceptable in England – perhaps the time of tribalism is over and the time for acceptance begins.

However, the ‘Great Liverpool Conspiracy’ continued with complete denial of any wrongdoing on Suarez’s part and continuous smears against Patrice Evra, with Dalglish even stating upon Suarez’s return after his lengthy ban that he shouldn’t have been out in the first place.

The unwanted episode in footballs undesirably long list of controversies reached its extraordinary pinnacle with the pre-match ritual of hand-shakes inside Old Trafford on Saturday. Despite both players revealing to their managers before the event that they would in fact offer their hands in a gesture of fair play, Liverpool’s Uruguayan striker breezed passed Patrice Evra’s reluctantly offered hand, much to the Manchester United defenders disdain. (watch the incident again here)

It became the talking point of the whole game; a handshake which should symbolize peace, respect and fair play between the two sides was carelessly neglected by Suarez. Considering his guilty charge by the Football Association and the criticism he has come under for his actions in October as well as the huge extent to which his club has gone to to protect him from the backlash, it was supremely idiotic and immature.

An oblivious Kenny Dalglish went on the defensive rampage when questioned about the awful behaviour after the game, further marginalizing Liverpool as delusional and dismissive of the circumstances despite the seriousness. Both Dalglish and Suarez had not improved the shoddy situation which had shredded the stature and history of the club in the past few months with plain ignorance and a skewered ‘everyone against us’ mentality.

Then came the apologies. Under heavy pressure no doubt, several statements came from Liverpool admitting guilt and delivering the overdue apologies of misconduct in the situation from Suarez, Dalglish and Liverpool managing director, Ian Ayre. All condemned Suarez’s actions, saying that the club and the manager had been let down, with the player acknowledging this and apologising with the hope that he can finally move on. (Read the statements on

Manchester United accepted these apologies soon after, which hopefully puts a long overdue close to the appalling situation which could have been solved way back in October with an admission of guilt and sincere apology rather than aggressive, over protective statements defending a guilty man.

Hopefully now this can all be put behind the two clubs, with no match between United and Liverpool until next season. Perhaps Liverpool, especially those defending Suarez’s refusal to shake Evra’s hand claiming that it was Evra’s fault, can also end this apparent Liverpool conspiracy embedded into some people mind that everyone is out to get Liverpool. They were in the wrong and have said sorry. Enough is enough.

Thanks to DBSfootball for submitting this guest post.



  1. John

    February 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Complete Bull
    Yes sometimes you have to accept defeat and take it on the chin, but this has been media witch hunt the McCarthey would have been proud
    Surez obviously feels he is not a racist (his grandfather is black for goodness sake)
    This about a biased media hiding many things (Terry, etc) and giving Liverpool a good kicking and defaming the great club. All to kiss the rear end of Fegerson.
    We have taken the media lies before (Hillsbourgh) and will not forget this one.
    Liars and cheats never prosper, unless your Man Utd

    • gB

      February 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Get a grip on life and look at the facts. Get ur head from up ur ass.

      • jame

        February 13, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        we know the facts. but personally i think it is a clash of cultures i dont think he was being racist with intent it is just the word he said is classed as racist and shoundn’t be said. but in his native uraguay it mite be considered acceptable. i think he was wrong not to shake evras hand he should have just ended the saga. as for the papers i do belive they make their own campaigns to put pressure on certain people to manipulate them. like for example now they will say he doesnt desevre to play for liverpool and should be disciplined. maybe he should but its liverpools descions. it happens all the time even for non footballing matters look at the guy who turned down his 1million bounus putting pressure on him not to take it. it happens all the time.

  2. magnumopus

    February 13, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    It will be over when hacks like you stop writing stories about it! My God it was a hand shake for crying out loud. How many worse things happen on a pitch that you refuse to write about? And, Fergie is a hypocrite for his remarks about this incident when he supports Rooney, Keane etc. etc. for the things they have done on the pitch saying things like it will make them play better! There has to be something happening in the sport that you can write about that would bring happiness to fans and players alike! Stop the stories so we all can get on with enjoying the matches… I know it is tempting to continue the Suarez story because so many people will read your nonsense.

    • gB

      February 13, 2012 at 4:06 pm

      roy keane? clutchin at straws their my bitter friend, he hasnt played in awhile, and rooney hasnt done much wrong in awhile either. We’re talking about the present, not the past. Rooney or Keanes ‘mistakes’ are not reasons for Saurez to shout racist abuse and Evra.

      • Scottypool

        February 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

        Um…didn’t Shrek kick a guy on purpose in the last year.

      • Bg

        February 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

        gB must be smoking some really strong stuff. Fergie passes judgement on another team’s player, but someone should remind him about his own players past and present. Rooney’s two match ban for kicking out at player? Keane for breaking a player’s leg and admitting that in his autobiography? Cantona for that karate kick? Rio’s 8 month ban for missing that dope test? I don’t recall Fergie saying anything about kicking them out. Oh, and check out this rant by Evra. What’s that he said at the end?

      • THE FOX

        February 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        Handshakes weren’t all that important to Alex and MU when Club captain Gary Neville snubbed Peter Scmicheals handshake a few years ago.. such sportsmanship. No disgrace there.. no disgrace either or insistence in selling a player who launched himself feet first at a spectator , followed then by the undignified sight of Man Utd players then abusing and gesturing at the entire section of supporters. Such gentile behaviour.. and just as you accuse Liverpool fans of now, Isn’t it amazing that poor Eric was the victim in all of it.

        We shall briefly touch on your boy roy who was kept on not only as a player but as club captain after admitting that he set out to willfully assault and ultimately end another players carrer.. hmmmm such amazing values you instill in you players. Values that extend to standing by drug cheats, polygamists, prostitute junkies, which you lot of vituous souls, are well aware is not only imoral but also illegal.

        Liverpool FC done what Manchester United have being doing for years.. defended the indefensible. Were they right to do that ?.. NO. Did they apologise for that.. YES.. Have Manchester United ever apologised for any of their sins, of which they’re are many .. NO. Will they ever .. NO.. because ironically enough, the very thing that United fans charge Liverpool with, Man United are.. Never Wrong that is !
        I do not set out to defend Luis Suarez’s actions.. merely to draw attention to the sheer hypocrisy of you and your club. And the definition of the word hypocrite describes exactly this article, your manager and your club. In fact under the definition ‘a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings’ there was a picture of Alex ferguson.

        Hypocrisy is exactly what Man Utd and you are guilty of. You pontificate as to the correct cousrse of action to be taken against a player who has clearly erred. Yet when your club needs to take the correct and decisive action you demmand of Liverpool ye have failed on every occasion. I have listed enough of them and in every case bar none, no matter what the crime, Man utd have always stood by their player.

        Careful up there on your moral perch now.. Hypocrites..

  3. Shanks

    February 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I think you understood wrong. The apologies were for not shaking Evra’s hand after having agreed to. They in no way constitute an admission of guilt on Suarez’s part or that the club admitted to being wrong for supporting Suarez. Hope you can see the huge mistake you made there.

  4. John

    February 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    If you think we are going to let this one go, you are wrong.
    Scousers do not like liars and cheats
    I suggest we keep our cool, bite our lip and play the game.
    Revenge is best when served cold.
    We wont forget this one, they have gone too far again.
    Liars, cheats and hypocrites: Man Utd

    • JasonB

      February 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Liars and cheats? I think you may want to look closer too home on that one lad. You have a whole city full of them.

      Justice for the 39. The ones scousers dont like you remembering.

  5. bisquit

    February 14, 2012 at 3:18 am

    We need to be rational and understand all the different layers of this conflict.
    We have the racist charge. Granted Suarez might not be a racist, but he was found guilty of using an “inappropriate” word with racist intonations. Culturally, maybe its a term of endearment where he comes from, but when evra reacted negatively, should not he has stopped. He used the word like 8 plus times? He wanted to rile evra up, but he used an unacceptable word; he should just admit his guilt for using the word and accept his punishment. Although I admit that the punishment is inordinately harsh. After accepting his punishment, then and only then should he reiterate that he is not a racist; that it’s all a misunderstanding and put it down to cultural differences.
    Let’s face it, if you offend without meaning too, you still offended, and should apologise.
    Then we have the handshake thingie. Ferguson comment probably came from his perceived suarez’s betrayal of King Kenny and LFC.
    It was understood that both players had agreed to shake hands and put the matter to rest, the reason why the FA did not do a Terry v Anton Ferdinand and scrap the handshake thingie. well we know what happened next.

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