13 Feb 2012

Suarez apologises for not shaking hands

5:58 am on 13 February 2012

The Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has apologised for not shaking Patrice Evra's hand before his side's 2-1 defeat at Manchester United yesterday with manager Kenny Dalglish also saying sorry for his reaction.

The Uruguayan was banned for eight matches for racially abusing Evra in October but refused to shake the Frenchman's hand during the pre-match Premier League ritual, prompting widespread condemnation.

In a statement Suarez says he's let himself and the club down, he should have shaken Evra's hand and he wants to apologise for his actions.

In another statement Dalglish apologised for his behaviour in an aftermatch interview saying he hadn't realised Suarez hadn't shaken hands.

The match itself, between two of England's great rivals, was a tense affair and scuffles took place in the tunnel at halftime and fulltime.