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Dalglish defends Liverpool’s record on race

Liverpool's Luis Suarez (left)


Kenny Dalglish defended Liverpool’s record on race relations on Monday in the wake of the damaging Luis Suarez affair.

The Anfield boss told www.liverpoolfc.tv: “Over the past few weeks there has been a perception that the football club isn’t doing what it should be doing, but I don’t think the football club would ever go down that road.

“We will always support the official campaigns related to racism.”

Striker Suarez is serving an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra while Liverpool have apologised to Oldham’s Tom Adeyemi after he was the subject of alleged abuse in Friday’s FA Cup tie.

Dalglish stood by the decision to support Suarez and insisted he would never have returned to Liverpool if he thought the club was in any way discriminatory.

“Obviously there was a big issue with Luis. The players showed support for Luis which was fantastic, but then some people interpreted that wrongly as the players saying they’re not interested in the fight against racism.

“That is totally and utterly rubbish. If we can help to eradicate racism or discrimination from any part of the society, with the help of anybody at Liverpool Football Club, then that help will be forthcoming.

“We don’t want racism anywhere near football and certainly not anywhere near this football club.”