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Suarez ready for hostility, but not for apology

‘What happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch’ says the returning Liverpool striker.

Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

AFTER RETURNING FROM his eight match ban on Monday, Luis Suarez is preparing for a white-hot reception on Saurday’s visit to Old Trafford

The Uruguayan forward made his comeback from suspension as a substitute in Liverpool’s stalemate with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

The Kop ushered him back onto field the with a heroes welcome, and post-match, Kenny Dalglish continued his disapproval at the ruling which seen his star man banned for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

Suarez has taken his managers lead and, speaking to Uruguayan radio station Radio Sport 890, underlined his view that the matter should not have been under investigation in the first place. When asked about his mental state during the imposed lay-off, Suarez said:

“I was not depressed at all. I knew what I did and there is a kind of football law that says ‘what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch’ and that’s the end of the story.”

The former Ajax striker issued a public apology in January, but stopped short of directing his regret towards Evra.

Now, with Liverpool travelling for a league meeting with Manchester United on Saturday, Suarez is expecting a vitriloic atmosphere to be aimed in his direction. An environment, he says, which will only drive him to perform better:

“I know against Man United it is going to be tense because I’m going to face Evra. But I’m used to having fans whistle at me. I hope nothing unusual happens. I’ll have to forget what happened for that moment.

“I do know Man United fans are going to try to make me feel uncomfortable. But I have to tell them – they are going to spur me on if they whistle at me.”

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