Liverpool and Luis Suarez finally realise the reaction his racism ban needed: an apology
Liverpool have gone some way towards repairing the damage done by their mismanagement of the Luis Suarez racism controversy after their star striker issued an apology.
Only yesterday, manager Kenny Dalglish was sticking to his guns as the club continued to claim they were being victimised and that it was perfectly acceptable for Suarez to use the word “negro” towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
But the Uruguayan has now apologised for any offence caused.
He said: “I admitted to the commission that I said a word in Spanish once, and only once.
“I never, ever used this word in a derogatory way and if it offends anyone then I want to apologise for that.”
He added: “I told the panel members that I will not use it again on a football pitch in England.”
There you go, Liverpool: no admission that he’s a racist, standing by his ‘cultural differences’ defence, but apologising for the offence he caused. That’s what it needed from the moment the guilty verdict came in (or at least once the decision not to appeal had been made).