The Handshake That Wasn’t: Liverpool’s Suárez Snubs United’s Evra

Feb 13, 2012
9:19 am

Does Liverpool striker and Uruguayan star Luis Suárez not know the meaning of "class?" Sure, everyone in soccer knows that Manchester United's Patrice Evra is not the most classiest of individuals, but that is not the point.

Suárez, who was just coming off an 8-game ban for his racial epithet against Evra, had a chance to make a powerful statement. Instead, he let his ego get in the way and the result led a United 2-1 victory and a slew of apologies by Liverpool Football Club.

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LFC issued the following statement by Suárez on its official site:

"I have spoken with the manager since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong.

"I've not only let him down, but also the Club and what it stands for and I'm sorry. I made a mistake and I regret what happened.

"I should have shaken Patrice Evra's hand before the game and I want to apologise for my actions.

"I would like to put this whole issue behind me and concentrate on playing football."

LFC Managing Direction Ian Ayre also issued a statement:

"We are extremely disappointed Luis Suarez did not shake hands with Patrice Evra before yesterday's game. The player had told us beforehand that he would, but then chose not to do so."

"He was wrong to mislead us and wrong not to offer his hand to Patrice Evra. He has not only let himself down, but also Kenny Dalglish, his teammates and the Club. It has been made absolutely clear to Luis Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable.

"Luis Suarez has now apologised for his actions which was the right thing to do. However, all of us have a duty to behave in a responsible manner and we hope that he now understands what is expected of anyone representing Liverpool Football Club." 

LFC Manager Kenny Dalglish also weighed in:

"Ian Ayre has made the Club's position absolutely clear and it is right that Luis Suarez has now apologised for what happened at Old Trafford," said Dalglish.

"To be honest, I was shocked to hear that the player had not shaken hands having been told earlier in the week that he would do. 

"But as Ian said earlier, all of us have a responsibility to represent this Club in a fit and proper manner and that applies equally to me as Liverpool manager.  

"When I went on TV after yesterday's game I hadn't seen what had happened, but I did not conduct myself in a way befitting of a Liverpool manager during that interview and I'd like to apologise for that."