Dalglish defends Suarez handshake refusal

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has reacted angrily to suggestions that Luis Suarez set a bad tone for the game against Manchester United by not shaking Patrice Evra’s hand, ESPN reports.

All eyes were fixed on the pre-match handshake at Old Trafford and when Suarez reached Evra in the line, he snubbed the outstretched hand of the Manchester United defender. Evra had to be restrained by referee Phil Dowd after the incident and there were reports of a tunnel bust-up between Liverpool and United players at half-time and full-time.

Dalglish spoke to Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves after the match and when asked whether Suarez’s refusal set a tone for the remainder of the game, the Liverpool boss was unhappy with the question and reacted furiously. The Reds lost the game 2-1 thanks to two Wayne Rooney goals and Dalglish questioned the media coverage at the game also.

The Liverpool boss said: ‘I’ll have to take your word for it, I wasn’t there. Ask him, take it from him. I think you’re very severe and bang out of order to blame Luis Suarez for anything that happened here today. Both sets of fans behaved really well, there was banter between each other, no problem. You know something else, when we had the FA Cup game [between Liverpool and United], because we didn’t have a 24-hour news channel before the game, nothing like this happened.’

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