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Why Can’t Kenny Dalglish Drop It About the Luis Suarez Case?

kenny dalglish1 Why Cant Kenny Dalglish Drop It About the Luis Suarez Case?

Monday evening’s match at Anfield between Liverpool and Tottenham was a low-key affair. However, it did feature one standout moment: the return of Luis Suarez from his lengthy suspension for racially insulting Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. Entering the fray with 25 minutes to go, Suarez did not conjure the winning goal, but flashes of inspiration reminded everyone of his importance to a Liverpool side who have now drawn eight times at home in the league.

The relatively low key nature of Suarez’s return was the perfect opportunity for all involved to put the troublesome last few months in the past, and simply appreciate that he was back playing again. Liverpool’s manager Kenny Dalglish echoed the thoughts of the Anfield faithful saying, “It’s fantastic to have him back” — a truism which it would be very hard to refute.  Most unfortunately he followed this up by saying “He should never have been away in the first place.” Immediately it becomes patently clear that Kenny Dalglish is not about to let this one go away. This latter assertion, that Suarez was innocent of any wrong-doing is one which it is quite easy to refute.

It is important to remember the thoroughness with which the FA’s independent commission investigated the Suarez-Evra case. A 115-page document was produced which eventually found Suarez guilty of racial insults towards Evra. This diligence reflects the FA’s admirable opinion of a case of the utmost importance, and also suggests no stone was left unturned in reaching the verdict. It therefore seems sensible to assume that the investigation’s findings were correct.

Managers’ backing of their own players is nothing new. Much like a parent’s blindness to their child’s wrong-doing, most managers will back their players to the hilt no matter what the evidence suggests. However, it is rare that the consequences of such actions carry significance months after the offence. Dalglish’s comments not only hold significance so long after the offence, but his insistence of Suarez’s innocence seems unnecessary and, most importantly, irresponsible.

Despite this, Kenny Dalglish is still unable to accept the guilt of his player. Further to this, he is also seemingly unable to simply let the whole thing go. Since the day of the initial incident, now 115 days ago, through to Suarez’s return on Monday evening, there has been no acknowledgement of guilt, or any hint of an apology from either player or manager. Last night’s comments brought the whole thing to the fore again, and it could not have been timed worse with Saturday’s upcoming game between Liverpool and Manchester United. Kenny Dalglish has now reminded every Liverpool player and fan travelling to Old Trafford on Saturday that the club line on the Suarez case is that he is innocent. It would be a great surprise if they did not make this point very clear on Saturday. At the same time he also brands Patrice Evra a liar for accusing Suarez. It seems impossible that this will not be taken badly by Manchester United’s equally tribal fans.

It would surely have been easier, and substantially more diplomatic, for Kenny Dalglish not to have said anything on the matter. It was not necessary for anyone to say anything more, as it has all already been said. Suarez has served his ban, and it is good for the whole league, not just Liverpool, to have him back. He will be a huge boost to Liverpool on Saturday and for the rest of the season. He is a remarkably watchable player who made a mistake and has been punished.

Old Trafford on Saturday was always going to have a hostile atmosphere, the history between the clubs makes that inevitable every time they play. However, the scores should be settled on the pitch, with the ball. Dalglish’s loyalty, sometimes an admirable quality, in this case is irresponsible. A man in his position should understand when not to fuel the fire. It must be hoped that all the talk after Saturday’s game will be about football. After all, that’s what everyone’s there for.

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43 Responses to Why Can’t Kenny Dalglish Drop It About the Luis Suarez Case?

  1. cnl. onions says:

    “It therefore seems sensible to assume that the investigation’s findings were correct.”

    It’s long so it must be good is not a very great defense, idiot.

  2. che holts says:

    You’re free to write about whatever you want, as much as Dalglish is entitled his opinion. This is being drawn on longer by people like yourself who choose to make an article out of a sentence, not a manager saying “He should never have been away in the first place.” If you put your obvious bias aside, its completely plausible (based on the single sentence) that he could have simply meant there should never have been any incident. It’s not an admission of guilt, its him simply saying that he should have never been away. People say lots of things publicly, we will probably never known his actual feelings on the incident. What’s unnecessary was for you to write such a biased piece imo.

    • Reba says:

      That was my interpretation of his comment when I initially heard it: that he was saying it wished the whole thing never happened. Who among us don’t feel that? Regardless what we may think of the man’s guilt or innocence.

  3. Jim Bob says:

    115 pages that came to the confusion that Evra said it so it must be true.

    • John says:

      Evra said it. They had tape corroborating. The counter evidence was given by an unreliable and inconsistent witness …

  4. DeathCabforWoody says:

    “It therefore seems sensible to assume that the investigation’s findings were correct.”

    Pages 1 to 114 – Luis Suarez is very very very very very…………….very very very very very very very raycess.

    Page 115 – Patrice Evra is a noble gentleman with no history of uttering slurs in his own team locker room or accusing other people/players of such serious acts in the past (Stamford Bridge). The End.

    There is something very foul about the entire thing and it isnt just dialogue that was carried on within the pitch. The FA were looking for a way to slap Blatter after his comments…enter Luis Suarez…premier league villain extraordinaire. Sorry…if he played for MUFC, this would have been handled in the same manner and SAF would have defended his player tooth and nail to the bitter end.

  5. Temacube says:

    From “He should never have been away in the first place” read that Dalglish means “the punishment didn’t fit the crime” not “Suarez didn’t say anything that offended Evra”.

    Yes, Evra was offended. No, that doesn’t mean that everyone supporting LP has a moral obligation to throw Suarez under the bus. He did the time, it’s over.

    It would be obnoxious for Dalglish to hang his player out to dry b/f the next game. This is even more so given the seemingly endless, totally unnecessary politicking by ManU.

    Nobody except the home team has much to gain by Fergie’s endless comments about racism or Rooney’s incessant whining about red cards.

    Maybe it’s time to put this behind us, and that means enough with the PR by Fergie, Rio, Rooney, etc. Much to do other nothing over handshakes does not equate to a meaningful civil right legistration or a particularly incisive conversation about civil discourse.

    All the actors in this play are all interested parties. Of course they are motivated for their own interests, and of course they are going to support for their team. It’s hyper sensitized to expect prodigious apologies or anything otherwise.

    The FA found him at fault, they set a penality. Unfort for the haters, LP is still doing fine, but their recent success that takes nothing away from the fact that the man has done his time.

    Take the hint from Terry. Nobody’s required by law to admit anything, and the nice (naive?) guys that do generally finish last for their troubles. It’s about time this mountain was molehilled. The point has been made, the precedent set. It’s over.

    No tears for the ManU gang. Time for them to stop jawing and play ball instead.

    • dust says:

      Kenny is a whingebag scott, below are transcripts from the release as well as a link to the account of the incident. The fa reaches the conclusion that all assertions made by suarez can are not backed up by video but that significant parts of evra’s are. Even without this incident it is hard to argue that suarez is not dirty and a cheat.

      Kenny has no discipline on the team and no respect for refree’s as is evident by the unbelievable amounts of cursing and abuse leveled at the ref during spurs vs liverpool. This was clear to see and came from from bellamy, Kuyt and Carroll. It was so blatant, the level of abbuse at he ref, that I’m was surprised no action has been taken against them for it, i counted at least 10 incidents of carol and kuyt telling the ref to F off and calling him a prick. Anyways here is part of the report.

      Kuyt denying calling Evra an fing prick (which everyone saw him say to a ref in the spurs game so why not evra?).

      In the 58th minute of the game Mr Suárez fouled Mr Evra between the edge of the Manchester United penalty area and the corner flag at the Kop end. It seemed to us to be a deliberate foul and the referee awarded a free-kick. The foul was committed by Mr Suárez kicking Mr Evra on his right knee. Mr Evra explained that he had previously had a bad problem in that knee. He remained on the ground receiving medical treatment for about one minute after the tackle.

      Mr Evra said that while he was lying on the ground, Mr Kuyt came up to him and said “stand up, you fucking prick”. Mr Kuyt said “This is untrue. What I did say was something to the effect of ‘Stand up, stand up’, as if to say that it had been a foul but he was making too much of it.” The video footage did not show Mr Kuyt speaking to Mr Evra at this time but Mr Kuyt admitted that he did so. The dispute is about what Mr Kuyt said, not about whether he said anything to Mr Evra at that time. Very little attention was paid to this dispute during the hearing and we did not find it necessary in reaching our decision to make a finding about what Mr Kuyt had said to Mr Evra.

      Read the following and decern for yourself who is telling the truth

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/jan/01/fa-report-luis-suarez-patrice-evra

      If you didn’t see the game then watch the replay on fox soccer2go. as much as refs get grief when you watch the games watch what teams abuse the ref more, Ive watch a lot of football and started to notice this abuse more and more. However, the biggest offenders are liverpool, man city, man utd, arsenal and chelsea. watch for yourselves this weekend.

  6. daS says:

    this is a non-story. who cares? its just his opinion, and he was just adding on the fact that suarez is back. it’s over, and kenny just wanted to emphasize that the fa’s ban was too long. end of story.

  7. Reba says:

    Okay, full disclosure: I stopped reading in the 3rd paragraph, because it’s obvious that you are don’t know what you are talking about.

    Another disclosure: I’m a Liverpool fan. And I find it ironic that we are accused of blindly supporting our player, when I’ve yet to met a Liverpool fan who can’t enumerate IN DETAIL what is wrong with that 115 page report.

    Basically, they started with the conclusion they wanted (that Suarez was guilty) and twisted and turned facts and finding to suit their needs. Because at the end of the day there were two very different versions of what happened: Mr Evra’s version and Mr Suarez’s version. And there is absolutely no evidence to support Evra’s version – or Suarez’s. Suarez only admitted to using the word “negro” (pronounced “nay-grow”) ONCE, and according to the FA’s report, if that is true and he did use it in the sentence and context he claims, linguistic experts say that it should IN NO WAY be considered racist.

    (Listing in detail all the things that are wrong with the report here is impossible. Either take the time to read it and work out their logical gymnastics for yourself, or let me know and I’ll be happy to post links to articles where others can dissect it for you.)

    At the absolute worse, Luis Suarez is guilty of linguistic ignorance. He didn’t understand the English connotation of a word that he was using in a Spanish conversation – a word that is completely benign in South American dialects. (Keep in mind that Mr Evra approached HIM in Spanish. How was he to know that Mr Evra, who clearly spoke Spanish, and has played with numerous South Americans, and is apparently familiar enough with the language to know that “your sister’s cunt” isn’t really that bad of an insult – seriously read the report, it’s hilarious!! – had never been called negro (nay-grow) before? Or had he? You’ll also find that the FA threw out the testimony of Chicharito Hernandez. What did he tell the FA? We know that Hernandez has used “negro” in tweets and it’s likely that he’s used that term with Evra in the past. We don’t know, because the FA threw it out, basically saying that Chicharito isn’t a linguistic expert – despite being a native Spanish speaker – therefore, his opinion wasn’t needed. Seriously, dude, READ. THE. REPORT.)

    So, to your question about why Kenny Dalglish simply can’t accept the guilt of his player is simple: because he honestly, honestly, truly, in his heart believes that the man he knows and works with everyday is not a racist. Period. And for him to continue to stand by Suarez in the face of such public pressure to denounce him tells me that Kenny Dalglish stronger man with more honor and integrity that you – or frankly any of us – could ever hope to have.

  8. Jay Hova says:

    Did Suarez admit to using the ‘racial’ word? Yes he did! You don’t need a rocket scientist to break it down for you… Guilty!

    “Suarez should never have been away” possibly meaning ‘there should never have been any incident’…. really!? The fact that no apology from him to difuse any tension speaks volume… Defending the indefensible shouldn’t have a place in society!

  9. oik says:

    You didn’t read the report, did you?

  10. selwood says:

    comments left about the wording of one line of a fairly honest assessment of the dalglish/saurez/evra debacle is a feeble attempt to cloud the issue. SAUREZ ADMITTED USING THE INFLAMATORY ABUSE. THEN CLAIMED THAT IN URUAGAY IT IS ACCEPTABLE ( DENIED BY SEVERAL BLACK URUAGUAN PLAYERS BTW). THEN CLAIMED HE NEVER SAID IT, THEN SAUREZ ‘WITNESS’/ALIBI’ (DIRK) CHANGED HIS EVIDENCE TO MATCH SAUREZ OFFICAL STATEMENT AND ADMITTED IN COURT THAT HIS ‘EVIDENCE’ WAS BASED ON WHAT SAUREZ HAD TOLD HIM HAD OCCURED. DALGISH IS EMBARRASSING HIMSELF AND LFC. WHEN BLACK ENGLISH PLAYERS GET ABUSE IN AWAY GAMES IN BULGARIA/ SPAIN ETC WE SAY THEY SHOULD HAVE TO PLAY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OR BE KICKED OUT OF TOURNAMENTS. WHEN DO THESE PRINCIPLES START TO APPLY TO OUR OWN BACK YARD? WHAT THE SITUATION NEEDS IS A LIVE TV INTERVIEW BETWEEN SAUREZ AND A SERIOUS MEDIA ENTERPRISE WITH AN INTERPRETER BUT NO ADVISORS OR LFC MEDIA CONSULTANTS AND SEE IF HE CAN DEFEND HIS ACTIONS OR HAS THE COURAGE OF HIS CONVICTIONS TO ACCUSE EVRA OF BEING A LIAR. KENNY AND SAUREZ HAVE NEVR SAID OUTRIGHT THAT EVRA IS A LIAR BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY WOULD GET SUED AND LOSE, AND NOT JUST THE COURT CASE BUT PROBABLY THEIR JOBS ALSO. AN INCIDENT DID HAPPEN. I KNOW LFC` FANS WHO ARE EMBARRASED BUT KNOW WITHOUT KENNY AND SAUREZ THEY ARE UP THE CREEK ON THE FIELD SO ARE KEEPING QUIET. SHAME SHAME SHAME

  11. selwood says:

    comments left about the wording of one line of a fairly honest assessment of the dalglish/saurez/evra debacle is a feeble attempt to cloud the issue. SAUREZ ADMITTED USING THE INFLAMATORY ABUSE. THEN CLAIMED THAT IN URUAGAY IT IS ACCEPTABLE ( DENIED BY SEVERAL BLACK URUAGUAN PLAYERS BTW). THEN CLAIMED HE NEVER SAID IT, THEN SAUREZ ‘WITNESS’/ALIBI’ (DIRK) CHANGED HIS EVIDENCE TO MATCH SAUREZ OFFICAL STATEMENT AND ADMITTED IN COURT THAT HIS ‘EVIDENCE’ WAS BASED ON WHAT SAUREZ HAD TOLD HIM HAD OCCURED. DALGISH IS EMBARRASSING HIMSELF AND LFC. WHEN BLACK ENGLISH PLAYERS GET ABUSE IN AWAY GAMES IN BULGARIA/ SPAIN ETC WE SAY THEY SHOULD HAVE TO PLAY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS OR BE KICKED OUT OF TOURNAMENTS. WHEN DO THESE PRINCIPLES START TO APPLY TO OUR OWN BACK YARD? WHAT THE SITUATION NEEDS IS A LIVE TV INTERVIEW BETWEEN SAUREZ AND A SERIOUS MEDIA ENTERPRISE WITH AN INTERPRETER BUT NO ADVISORS OR LFC MEDIA CONSULTANTS AND SEE IF HE CAN DEFEND HIS ACTIONS OR HAS THE COURAGE OF HIS CONVICTIONS TO ACCUSE EVRA OF BEING A LIAR. KENNY AND SAUREZ HAVE NEVR SAID OUTRIGHT THAT EVRA IS A LIAR BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY WOULD GET SUED AND LOSE, AND NOT JUST THE COURT CASE BUT PROBABLY THEIR JOBS ALSO. AN INCIDENT DID HAPPEN. I KNOW LFC` FANS WHO ARE EMBARRASED BUT KNOW WITHOUT KENNY AND SAUREZ THEY ARE UP THE CREEK ON THE FIELD SO ARE KEEPING QUIET.

  12. Spenser says:

    Selwood, you’re making an excellent case for yourself by using all caps and misspelling every other word.

    • selwood says:

      Similarly, your fringe and waistcoat are making an excellent case for selective drowning at birth. I’m dyslectic pal but think i can have a say the same as anyone else???

      • John says:

        I’m dyslexic and I know how to use capslock. Stop telling people you’re dyslexic, please. It’s not helping. Tell them you’re sorry.

        • Marcus says:

          Dyslexia is jumbling of letters in the wrong order. Not totally misspelling word and last I checked it had nothing to do with a CAPS Lock button.

  13. Jay Hova says:

    Most of this guys did not read the Independent panel’s report but only acting a sheep to the illiterate Dalglish…

    Suarez kept on changing his words/defence and put club allegiances aside, if you’re educated well enough then you’ll clearly see and notice Dalglish is dragging the club as low as possible!

  14. Bishopville Red says:

    Kenny better wake up and realize that (a) he’s not bigger than the club, (b) his steadfast refusal to acknowledge Suarez’s own confessions, and back down from his changed stories has only the blindest of Liverpool supporters believing him, (c) he’s continually opening a wound that could have pretty much healed over by now had he let it go.

    While Liverpool supporters might consider this unfathomable, they need to remember that while Kenny may be King, John W Henry is the Emperor. If Dalglish continues this route, heaping embarrassment on “the brand” all the while, JWH will have no second thoughts about divesting himself of the source of discomfort.

    • Jerry says:

      Yes, you’ve clearly got your finger on the pulse of Liverpool fans. Why would Henry give a damn about “the brand” being damaged among rival fans or neutral parties? His customers – Liverpool fans – are overwhelmingly behind Dalglish and the club’s stance on this.

      BTW – Suarez isn’t the only one who changed his story or confessed to abusive behavior. That’s the central reason why Liverpool fans are convinced this was a pre-determined which hunt.

      • Bishopville Red says:

        “The brand” gets damaged in the eyes of advertisers. Those would be the ones LFC wants to see pay tens of millions a season, not hundreds or thousands a season, to align themselves with the club.

        Had this washed away, Liverpool wouldn’t have to worry much. The fact that Dalglish keeps dredging up and defending acts of racism around a club with American owners eager to tap into American corporate power does not sell well. Last time I checked, most American companies felt it prudent to distance themselves from racist behaviour.

        BTW – You’re right, Suarez wasn’t the only one to change his story. Kuyt, Comolli and Dalglish did too.

  15. Watching says:

    LFC Always the Victims,no matter what. And it’ll never change. The club wronged by everyone at every available, imaginable chance. Sad.

    • Marcus says:

      Please elaborate. I really would like to hear where you are going with this, or are you just spewing what you heard other people say?

  16. Jerry says:

    Others here have handled the lop sided FA Report already, so I’ll leave that, but your headline made me burst out laughing. Why Can’t Kenny Dalglish Drop It About the Luis Suarez Case? Seriously? The media, commentators, bloggers and pundits left right and center have been milking this incessantly from every possible angle for the last two months, Dalglish makes one rare comment and you ask why HE can’t drop it?

  17. Football fan says:

    This Reba bloke… You’ve said you’ve read the report in detail, but you can’t even get the word that suarez used correct. I think if you go back and read a bit more carefully you’ll find he used the word “negrito” not negro, despite your idiotic assertions we should pronounce it “nay-grow”

  18. Niks says:

    Lfc fans plz stop demeaning urselves as ur coach has coz truth be told when u have a heated arquement then negrorita is said as u want people to believe ,that would be an insult

  19. Mark says:

    Here come the racist, liverfool fans to whine and b*tch. Grow up, you stupid f*cks.

  20. Jean says:

    Why should he?? Suarez was wrongfully suspended by the FA and he has every right and his mom to rip the FA’s balls apart.

  21. Harold says:

    If Kenny Dalglish was so convinced that Suarez was innocent why did he not appeal? The FA’s report took so long to put together because they wanted it to be able to withstand an appeal

    No matter what the linguistics experts say about “negro” being used as a term of affection in South America, there is no way that referencing the color of someone’s skin in the middle of a heated argument is going to convince people that you meant it affectionately

    • Clampdown says:

      You make the mistake that several others have of assuming that it only is used as a demeaning term or one of affection. To Suarez it is a commonly used descriptor that doesn’t carry either of those things. He may be guilty of being ignorant but there is nothing in the FA report that backs their claim that Evra was “racially abused.”

      I’d accept the ban if Suarez was caught on camera calling Evra a “black c**t.” I’m sure most of us would want him out of the club if that were the case.

      This was a witch hunt pure and simple. The FA wanted to make an example of Suarez and they did. So glad so many can fall in line with the narrative rather than read the actual report and see what a farce the investigation was. Suarez would never be found guilty in a court of law, and the FA admits this in their report.

      Sadly, Suarez is never going to get the benefit of the doubt and likely will be pushed out of English football by the sanctimonious hypocrites.

      Evra instigates the conflict, insults Suarez in Spanish, misunderstands what’s been said to him in response, then makes claims that are not supported by any of the dozen or more players in earshot, including his own teammates. But he’s the one who’s believable. Yeah, riiiiiiiight…..

  22. brn442 says:

    I would agree with the writer. Dalglish should drop it and move on, he is not doing the legacies of both him or the club any good.

    King Kenny is a man I admired as a great player and manager that had the courage to bring John Barnes to Liverpool at a time when seeing a black player at merseyside was about as rare as a Andy Carroll goal.

  23. Marcus says:

    Go do a google search on Suarez and see how many articles are posted about the racism incident with Evra in the past week. Who is the one that needs to drop it? There are thousands of articles about it, but Kenny is wrong to bring it up. Hypocrisy at its best.

  24. Gary says:

    The reason Daglish won’t drop the matter is that the FA did not treat Suarez the same as Evra. Evra was given the tapes that the FA used to settle the matter for a whole week for him to study it and get ready for his testimony. Suarez was not afforded the same previlege which is why Evra came across as more reliable and Suarez less so. From Daglish’s past it seems uncharacteristic that he would prolong an issue unless he honestly feels that Suarez and Liverpool were treated poorly. Some writers in England have written that Daglish has been incensed with the FA’s handling of the matter and is the reason why he seems to get agitated when Suarez’s name is brought up. Does anyone believe that if Fergie were in the same situation he would remain silent? Not a chance.

    This too shall pass.

  25. brn442 says:

    Whether Dalglish and Liverpool Football Club are right, wrong, or otherwise is besides the point. Suarez already served his ban. Kenny should focus on making sure his team is in position to win the League & FA Cup and getting into the Champions League next season. Fuming over spilt milk is not going to help achieve that.

  26. awilkes8 says:

    Words=8 game ban. Face stomp=4 games. Well done, FA.

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