Liverpool boss Rodgers tells Suarez to forget racism row
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has advised Luis Suarez to put the racism row with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra behind him ahead of the new Premier League season, the Guardian has reported.
Suarez was banned for eight games last season after the Football Association found the Uruguay international guilty of racially abusing Evra. Suarez was also booed by British supporters while representing his country at the London Olympics, with matches played at the home of Evra, Old Trafford, with jeers at one point interrupting the Uruguayan national anthem.
Liverpool apologised when Suarez and Evra did not shake hands when the two players came face-to-face for the first time since the incident in February. Suarez however has continued to profess his innocence and has been highly critical of his treatment since the allegation was first made.
Rodgers however believes it is in the best interests of both Suarez and the club as a whole to put the past behind them. He said: “We have to move forward. What's happened has happened and let's let it go now, however hard it is. We want to be winning games and doing our best for the football club.”