The Uruguay international was involved in a racism scandal with Patrice Evra last term, and consequently received an eight-match ban from the FA.
With the matter handled poorly by the Anfield club, the Scottish coach feels that his countryman’s dismissal at the end of the campaign was largely down to the mismanagement of the Suarez affair.
“If Suarez keeps on making headlines out of it, it’s not going to go away,” Ferguson is quoted by The Telegraph as saying.
“I wasn’t surprised at Kenny leaving. I think that the Suarez incident, [Liverpool owner] John Henry has obviously looked at that and felt it wasn’t handled in the right way.
“It certainly wasn’t a nice thing to happen, you know. I’m not sure, but I think that it must have been part of it. It must have been part of it,” he confessed.
Suarez has recently once more claimed his innocence, which has brought the issue back into the mainstream media again.
By Gareth McKnight