Friday 20 April 2018

Just admit you were wrong, Kenny

James Lawton

James Lawton

Before an appeal decision is made, Liverpool's top brass are hopefully reflecting on the FA explanation for the eight-game suspension of Luis Suarez a little more deeply than some of the club's more zealous supporters.

Predictably enough, some of the FA reasoning has failed to rationalise totally a debate that at one bizarre extreme yesterday saw the 'I Have a Dream' speech of Martin Luther King offered in the Uruguayan's defence.

It was pointed out that the great civil rights leader freely used the terms negro and black in the oration that thundered across the world.

Barmy, of course, but it does illustrate a rather shocking failure to understand the context of Suarez's offence, not to mention the need for Liverpool to concede the merit of a speedy acceptance that their initial reaction was both misguided and unworthy of the reputation of a great club.

A lot of the dialectics in this affair have been frankly and perhaps inevitably disordered. What is needed, surely, is not any more of the same but an act of grace.

Liverpool should not delay too long the chore of admitting they were wrong.

They certainly shouldn't fear the gloating of bitter rivals. Gratitude would, after all, be a more appropriate response.

Irish Independent

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