Kenny Dalglish tight-lipped over Luis Suarez affair

17 November 2011 11:59
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has remained tight-lipped over the Luis Suarez affair, despite the star being charged with alleged racism.

The FA made the charge on Wednesday, accusing Suarez of using abusive and/or insulting words with reference to race and ethnic origin against Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter has claimed racism on the pitch is not a problem, and that racist abuse between players should be settled by a handshake.

Nothing new to say: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish

Ironically he voiced those opinions about the same time that Suarez learned he was being charged. Blatter insists he was misunderstood but his comments have provoked outrage.

Dalglish, however, was oblivious to the furore enveloping the head of world football's governing body.

'I never saw it,' said the Scot when asked what he thought of Blatter's outspoken views. 'I'll read it before I comment - and I've not read it.'

Liverpool issued a statement offering their full support to Suarez on Wednesday, who will plead not guilty to the FA charge which arose out of their 1-1 draw with Manchester United last month.

'I think the statement says everything and our position has not changed,' added Dalglish. 'That is all we've got to say.'

Dalglish did give a nod of appreciation to Suarez for scoring four goals in a World Cup qualifier versus Chile.

'It's great for Luis to get four goals - I wish it was for us rather than his country! Maybe he's kept some up his sleeve for us in the coming weeks.

Controversial: Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra clash at Anfield last month

The Scot also said he was hopeful of having no new injury concerns when his players return from international duty.

'The lads won't be together until this afternoon but we've not had any news that's going to be disappointing to us.'

Dalglish also provided an update on both Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard, both of whom have been out with injuries in recent weeks.

'Carra is training,' said Dalglish. 'He's got rid of his calf injury so he's fit and available for selection.

'Steven is progressing brilliantly. There is nothing that's been a disappointment other than he's not been available for selection.

'He'll be available as and when he's over what he's got but everything's going really well. We couldn't ask for more or any greater news from him.'

Pressed on whether there was a date when the skipper could be back, Dalglish added: 'No. When he's ready.'

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