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Still not guilty: Dalglish re-ignites Suarez controversy

Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford this weekend, Kenny Dalglish has refused to draw a line under the race row which has dominated the Reds rivalry with Manchester United this season.

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KENNY DALGLISH HAS added fuel to the embers that are the Luis Suarez race row.

The Liverpool boss last night re-affirmed his stance that no action should have been taken against Suarez after Patrice Evra had made claims of racial abuse in the league meeting between the two in October.

The Uruguayan was subsequently found guilty by the Independent Regulatory Commission, enlisted by the FA to preside on the matter and hit with a fine and eight game ban.

That ban has now been served in full. But rather than draw a line under the matter after the striker returned to action in Liverpool’s stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur last night, Dalglish further railed against the ruling and told reporters:

“It’s fantastic to have him back. He should never have been out in the first place.”

The Reds were heavily criticised for their handling of the issue throughout, particularly when the whole squad donned t-shirts bearing Suarez’ image before the Premier League fixture against Wigan in December.

The Scot himself wore one of the shirts before that game and, last night, reiterated his point that Suarez was innocent.

“Luis Suarez doesn’t have anything to prove to anyone at Liverpool FC.” Said Dalglish.

“Every time he gets the ball you think he’s going to do something. We don’t think he should ever have been away but we are delighted to have him back.”

It took little time for the striker to court controversy again, carelessly giving Scott Parker a 70th minute volley to the stomach as a ball dropped on the English midfielder’s head.

With Manchester United hosting Liverpool in the Premier League this Saturday, parties on both sides are evidently stoking the flames. Watching the game from home, Wayne Rooney tweeted:

Reporters relayed Rooney’s message to the Liverpool manager during the post match briefing, along with the opinion of Sky Sports analyst, Gary Neville, who also felt Suarez had “got away with one.”

Dalglish gave a wry smile at the names – synonymous with Alex ferguson’s team - linked to the comments and dryly replied:

“I don’t have a view on what has been tweeted, especially when I have not seen it.”

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