Dalglish backs Reds stance

Kenny Dalglish has backed Liverpool’s stance on fighting racism in the game, after the club came under scrutiny for their support of Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international has been banned from action for eight matches and fined £40,000 for a racist slur aimed at Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, whilst an Anfield fan was arrested after racially abusing Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi in Friday night’s FA Cup clash.

Despite criticism by anti-racism sports organisations of late, the Scottish coach has backed the Merseysiders’ conduct.

“Over the past few weeks there has been a perception that the football club isn’t doing what it should be doing, but I don’t think the football club would ever go down that road,” Dalglish told the club’s official website.

“We will always support the official campaigns related to racism.

“Obviously there was a big issue with Luis. The players showed support for Luis, which was fantastic, but then some people interpreted that wrongly as the players saying they’re not interested in the fight against racism.

“That is totally and utterly rubbish.

‘If we can help to eradicate racism or discrimination from any part of the society, with the help of anybody at Liverpool Football Club, then that help will be forthcoming,” he confirmed

Meanwhile, in the latest incident of racism in the game in England, Everton striker Louis Saha has been insulted on his official Twitter page by a disgruntled fan, who wrote a racist comment on the social networking site.

Everton have confirmed that the authorities are investigating the incident.

By Gareth McKnight

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