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Wednesday 4 May 2016

Alan Green: Liverpool won't win Luis Suarez race row

Published 28/12/2011

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez

Clearly, Liverpool feel an acute sense of injustice with regard to what's happened to Luis Suarez and that their star player is being subjected to a witch-hunt.

I, too, was surprised at the severity of the sentence imposed on the Uruguayan.

Except for his admittance that he directed a word at Patrice Evra that is used commonly in his own country and, most important, isn't a term of abuse, there was no 'evidence' whatsoever. No other player on the pitch that day heard it: nor did the referee.

However, I would urge Kenny Dalglish and others at the club to move on.

This is not a battle they can win because, simply, it's a battle the Football Association now can't afford to lose.

They have made a massive statement with regard to zero tolerance of anything that can be construed as racist and their 'message' was aimed as much at those abroad as in England: particularly, at FIFA.

If I were John Terry, I'd be very worried. England captain or not, if he's found guilty in a court of law then, following Suarez, the FA must and will throw the book at him.

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