Liverpool stands firm as Glen Johnson rejects Paul McGrath attack
Published 23/12/2011 | 11:00
LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish maintains the club's support of Luis Suarez has been right and proper and has not "caused trouble".
The Reds came in for criticism for their strongly-worded statement in the wake of the Uruguay international's eight-match ban imposed for using insulting words towards Patrice Evra, with a reference to the Manchester United player's skin colour.
However, when the players issued their statement prior to Wednesday's goalless draw at Wigan and wore T-shirts in the warm-up depicting an image of Suarez with his name and number seven on the back there was further outcry.
However, Dalglish defended the club's stance in giving their full support to Suarez.
"The statement couldn't have caused anyone any trouble and I don't think the players have caused any trouble with the FA either by their statement or support by their T-shirts," said the Scot.
"If we are not in any trouble we will leave it at that before we do get in any trouble."
Paul McGrath described Liverpool’s actions as "shameful" and insists he would never have complied.
He said on talkSPORT: "If I was in Glen Johnson's situation, I'd have thrown the shirt to the floor.
"If that had been someone in my time and I'd heard the comments or I'd even suspected he was guilty, and obviously there has been a tribunal, then I would not wear a T-shirt with his name on it, saying all is well and good here.
"There are a lot of children that watch these games and to have done what they did, doing their warm-up in T-shirts with his smiling face on it, having just been done for a supposedly racist comment to one of his opponents, is shameful for football.
"It puts the anti-racism campaign back to the beginning as far as I'm concerned."
England international Johnson, though, hit back on Twitter, saying: "I will support who i want when i want!!! There are a lot of reasons why I'm standing by Luis Suarez!!!"
McGrath, whose career encompassed a seven-year spell at Aston Villa as well as his time at Old Trafford, believes such actions are symptomatic of the modern game.
He said: "Maybe Kenny [Dalglish] is trying to make a statement to the FA but I just think it is in bad taste that he sent them out in those T-shirts. It would have been much better for Liverpool Football Club if they had worn anti-racism shirts.