Tonight's EPL biggie -- Manchester United vs Liverpool at Old Trafford -- is not just another football game. Their previous clash this season witnessed a piping hot racial row
Kenny Dalglish is hoping a line has been drawn under the Luis Suarez affair as Liverpool prepare to face Manchester United at Old Trafford tonight. Suarez has served an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra earlier this season, and the two are likely to come up against each other again this weekend.
Disgraced: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Pics/Getty Images
Dalglish has been outspoken in his criticism of the ban handed down to Suarez, but now wants all parties to take a "responsible" approach this weekend. "Everyone involved, including the media, the supporters and both teams have a responsibility to ensure this weekend is remembered as a cracking game of football between two very good sides, rather than for anything else,'' he told liverpoolfc.tv.
"I thought everyone involved in the FA Cup tie at Anfield played their part in making sure that the match was played in the right way, so let's make sure that happens again this weekend. "I'm sure people will want to talk about Luis Suarez but he accepted his ban, served his suspension and returned against Spurs on Monday. "It's time for all of us to draw a line under what happened and move forward."
Handshake not an issue United boss Alex Ferguson played down concerns over the first meeting between Evra and Suarez since the Uruguayan's racism ban. Asked about the usual pre-match handshake between players, he said: "I have not even thought about that. It has never been an issue. We are concentrating on the game."
Giggs signs extension Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension with United. The deal means 38-year-old former Wales midielder Giggs, who has only ever played professionally for United, is set to take part in a 22nd season for the Old Trafford club.
Luis Suarez versus Patrice Evra racism saga... Oct 15: Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra clash during Manchester United's visit of Liverpool in the EPL. The players then argued over Suarez's tackle on Evra in Spanish. PE: F****** hell, why did you kick me? LS: Because you're black. PE: Say it to me again, I'm going to kick you. LS: I don't speak to blacks. PE: OK, now I think I'm going to punch you. LS: OK, blackie, blackie, blackie. Nov 16: Liverpool offer Suarez their full support, saying he will plead not guilty. He is charged a day later. Dec 7: Suarez faces improper conduct charge after abusive hand gesture to Fulham fans. Dec 20: FA concludes a seven-day hearing, handing Su rez an eight-match ban and a �40,000 fine. Dec 31: The FA releases the contents of their findings in a 115-page report. In it the FA says that Su rez has "damaged the image of English football around the world". Feb 6 : In the EPL game vs Tottenham, Suarez returns after serving his ban.
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