Former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has revealed that the decision to wear T-shirts in support of Luis Suarez last season was made by the club's players.
The entire Reds squad donned shirts with the Uruguayan's image on as they warmed up for their Premier League clash with Wigan, after the striker had been accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra - an incident over which he ultimately served an eight-match ban. Dalglish, who gave a television interview wearing the shirt ahead of the game against the Latics, was strongly criticized over the garment, but has now insisted it was not his fault.
“I didn’t send them out in the T-shirts. The boys decided that themselves. Dalglish told Talksport. "You can’t tell me they wouldn’t have done that if they didn’t believe in him and didn’t have respect for him. It might not have been right, but it wasn’t me that decided it.
The Scot also claimed that he was completely earnest in his conduct throughout the controversy, but suggested that he would have acted slightly differently in retrospect.
“A lot of things are misinterpreted and misrepresented," Dalglish said. "I was brought up to be respectful and tell the truth, and what I believed to be the truth is what I said. I can’t be any different in that. I would do things differently. I would be less helpful and less forthcoming and that’s sad. There’s no place for racism in football in any way, shape or form."
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