Luis Suarez issues apology

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has apologised for not shaking Patrice Evra’s hand in the build up to his side’s game with Manchester United on Saturday.

The Uruguay international has only just returned from an eight-match ban for racially abusing the French defender, and featured against The Red Devils for the first time since the notorious incident at the weekend.

However, the South American caused a media stir and added controversy by refusing to shake Evra’s hand before the game, something he now regrets after speaking with Kenny Dalglish.

“I have spoken with the manager since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong,” Suarez said in a statement on Liverpool’s official website.

“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,” he concluded.

Suarez managed to score for the Merseysiders at Old Trafford, but could not prevent his team from being beaten 2-1.

Kenny Dalglish was also criticised for his conduct during the ordeal, and has felt the need to say sorry also.

“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,” he stated.

Meanwhile, United have released a statement accepting the duo’s apologises.

“Manchester United thanks Liverpool for the apologies issued following Saturday’s game,” the statement on the side’s website reads.

“Everyone at Old Trafford wants to move on from this.

“The history of our two great clubs is one of success and rivalry, unparalleled in British football. That should be the focus in the future of all those who love the club,” it finished.

By Gareth McKnight