Liverpool’s Managing Director, Ian Ayre, has labelled Luis Suarez’s decision not to shake hands with Manchester Utd defender Patrice Evra before yesterday’s encounter between the two sides at Old Trafford as “unacceptable”.
Suarez has since apologised for the snub, saying he has let the club down.
Ayre says that the club had been assured by the Uruguayan striker that he would shake hands with Evra before the game, and now feels the club were mislead by the 25-year-old.
“We are extremely disappointed Luis Suarez did not shake hands with Patrice Evra before yesterday’s game.
“The player had told us beforehand that he would, but then chose not to do so.
“He was wrong to mislead us and wrong not to offer his hand to Patrice Evra. He has not only let himself down but also Kenny Dalglish, his team-mates and the club.
“It has been made absolutely clear to Luis Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable.
“Luis Suarez has now apologised for his actions, which was the right thing to do.
“However, all of us have a duty to behave in a responsible manner and we hope he now understands what is expected of anyone representing Liverpool Football Club.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United have released a brief statement expressing their wish to move on from the whole matter.
“Manchester United thanks Liverpool for the apologies issued following Saturday’s game. 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 clubs.”