Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 30 October 2014

Dalglish unhappy with FA

Kenny Dalglish

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has accused the Football Association of not setting a good example in successfully appealing Wayne Rooney's three-match international ban.

The Manchester United striker's UEFA suspension was reduced to two matches on Thursday morning, just a day after Dalglish's own player Luis Suarez, who was already facing a racism charge dating back to October, was charged with misconduct after allegedly making an obscene gesture to fans following the 1-0 defeat at Fulham on Monday.

And Dalglish believes the FA should look at their own actions before tackling other issues, saying: "I find it a bit strange the FA are supposed to be setting an example for things yet they appeal against Wayne Rooney's three-match ban. I don't think that's a good example to set."

Dalglish labelled the way the FA have dragged their heels over Suarez's racism charge as a "joke".

The alleged racist incident with Manchester United's Patrice Evra occurred in the 1-1 draw at Anfield in mid-October.

No date for a hearing - at which Suarez will deny the allegations against him - has been set.

"The fact it has taken nine weeks to get a decision on one of the other charges is a bit of a joke as well," added Dalglish.

"I don't think that has helped as well. The circus which is around about him has been caused mainly by that.

"That will be done sooner rather than later and we will move forward."

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