Fergie: Suarez is a "disgrace to Liverpool FC" who should never play for them again (Video)
Published 16:19 11/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Sir Alex Ferguson has said Liverpool should sell Luis Suarez after branding the striker "a disgrace" for refusing to shake Patrice Evra's hand before today's Premier League encounter at Manchester United.
The Red Devils secured a 2-1 win to leapfrog Manchester City at the top of the table but the entire occasion was scarred by Suarez's behaviour.
Making his first start since serving an eight-match ban for making racist remarks to Evra in the reverse fixture at Anfield in October, Suarez opted not to take the United skipper's outstretched hand.
Evra reacted angrily, grabbing Suarez's arm before the forward moved on towards Rio Ferdinand who refused to accept the Uruguayan's hand.
It set the tone for an ill-tempered afternoon, scarred by a tunnel bust up, when Evra is thought to have tried to confront Suarez at half-time.
Liverpool players then got involved at the final whistle as Evra went around the ground celebrating United's triumph, jumping very close to Suarez as he reached the Stretford End.
When asked about the incident before kick-off, Ferguson said: "I couldn't believe it. I just could not believe it.
"I had a chat with Patrice this morning. He said he was going to shake his hand because he had done nothing to be ashamed of and wanted to keep his dignity. And he (Suarez) refuses.
"He is a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club.
"That player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The history that club has got - and he does that.
"In a situation like today, he could have caused a riot.
"I would get rid of him if I were them."
On Monday, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish caused raised eyebrows when he claimed that Suarez should never have been banned.
It maintained a consistent theme from the Merseyside outfit since the allegations first emerged.
However, Ferguson feels Liverpool are looking at the situation from the wrong perspective.
"Patrice apparently celebrated in front of Suarez. That is understandable," said Ferguson.
"Who is to blame? Liverpool had a player banned for eight matches and they are blaming Patrice Evra.
"I know who they should be blaming. It could possibly cost them a European place."
As is customary, Ferguson did not attend a post-match press conference with the written media.
However, Dalglish did not make an appearance either, possibly digesting Ferguson's comments, which followed his own spiky response to questions about Suarez's conduct on Sky Sports 2.
"I think you are very severe and bang out of order to blame Luis Suarez for anything that happened here today, right," Dalglish said.
"I think predominantly, the people, both sets of fans, behaved really well. They had a bit of banter with each other. No problem. How many bookings were there?
"You know something else. See when we had the FA Cup tie, because it wasn't a 24-hour news channel in the build-up to the game, nothing like this happened."
Regarding the tunnel incident, Dalglish said: "It was a bit tight trying to get through there. I don't know what happened. I was here. Ask someone else who was there. I wasn't."
Dalglish seemed to be inferring that the recent FA Cup tie between the two clubs passed off peacefully because it was covered by terrestrial TV.
Ferguson believed Suarez's behaviour was the catalyst today.
"It created a tension," he said.
"The referee didn't know what to do about it. It caught him off guard.
"It was a terrible start to the game that created a terrible atmosphere."
The Football Association are now duty-bound to ask for further evidence, both from referee Phil Dowd over what happened at the end of each half, and possibly Ferguson too for his comments.
Suarez had his own say on Twitter, although it shed little light on the situation.
"We are lost and we are sad because we have made a big effort," he wrote. "Disappointed because everything is not that it seems."
The row virtually rendered what could turn out to be a vital United win in the title race to an after-thought.
"It was a great performance by us," said Ferguson, after a second-half double strike from Wayne Rooney allowed United to withstand a late Liverpool fightback that saw Suarez score 10 minutes from time.
"I am disappointed it ended up 2-1.
"Maybe we did tend to play out the game and keep possession and maybe not threaten the way we did before we got the goals.
"That is the only fault I could find with the players because they played some fantastic football today."