FA to warn Liverpool and Dalglish over Suarez race row
Published 22:59 07/01/12 By Paul Smith
Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool are to be warned about their future conduct by the FA.
English football’s ruling body are concerned by the comments and briefings from inside Anfield in the wake of the Luis Suarez tribunal.
Liverpool have reluctantly accepted the eight-game ban meted out to Suarez after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
The FA is particularly unhappy about Dalglish’s comments condemning the handling of the case and his insistence on continuing to protest the Uruguayan’s “innocence”.
Liverpool’s legal team had made a point of thanking the FA for their handling of the case prior to their verdict.
Although at this stage the FA will refrain from formally charging either Dalglish or the club with any offence they will remind them in the strongest possible terms of their responsibilities.
Any further outburst is likely to spark formal action.
The FA are also increasingly concerned that Suarez is likely to return from his ban to face Manchester United on February 11 at Old Trafford. They want the clubs to do everything in their power to defuse the potentially explosive encounter.
The letter is likely to serve as a warning for Dalglish and the club not to inflame the situation further in the run up to the game.