Dalglish keeping quiet

Reds boss standing by striker despite acceptance of ban

Luis Suarez continues to have the full backing of Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists he will continue to stand by Luis Suarez, but says he is not prepared to discuss his eight-match ban at this stage.

It was announced on Tuesday that the Reds will not be appealing against the suspension handed out to the Uruguay striker for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

The Anfield outfit have taken their time to dissect the FA's report into how they came to the decision to ban Suarez.

The Reds have made it clear that they do not agree with the ruling, but they have reluctantly agreed to accept the sanction.

Liverpool as a football club have stood by Suarez throughout a race row which was sparked during a Premier League clash in October, and Dalglish will not be wavering in that stance.

Trouble

He will, however, bite his tongue when it comes to discussing the case in public.

Ahead of Liverpool's meeting with table-topping Manchester City on Tuesday night, Dalglish told Sky Sports: "We stand alongside Luis Suarez, as the football club has always done for people that they respect and people they appreciate for the efforts they have given to the club.

"The club have made quite a comprehensive statement; Luis has made a brilliant statement. So we'll stand right beside him.

"And that really, without getting myself into trouble, is all I'm prepared to say.

"There's plenty more I'd love to say but I don't think I should go there."

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