What they said
After a weekend of acrimony and apologies, Sky Sports looks at the key comments made following Luis Suarez's refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand during the Manchester United-Liverpool clash.
Last Updated: 13/02/12 9:58am
Liverpool have bowed to widespread criticism with apologies which they hope will draw a line under the Luis Suarez racism affair.
Reds manager Kenny Dalglish and managing director Ian Ayre confirmed in separate statements that Suarez had misled them by indicating that he would shake hands with Patrice Evra - who he had racially abused in October to incur an eight-match ban - before snubbing the Frenchman.
Suarez also issued an apology for his conduct, with Manchester United accepting the Reds' statements of regret.
Here we look at the key comments made about the incident...
"He is a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club. That player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again. The history that club has got - and he does that." - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's apparent refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand.
"I think you are very severe and bang out of order to blame Luis Suarez for anything that happened here today, right?" - Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish turns on Sky Sports interviewer Geoff Shreeves as he tries to broach the subject after the game.
"I just felt quite sick in my stomach." - PFA chief Gordon Taylor gives his reaction to the incident.
"After seeing what I saw I decided not to shake his hand. I lost all respect for the guy after that." - Rio Ferdinand gives his verdict.
"For Suarez to snub Evra is totally unacceptable. Liverpool have given Suarez total support through thick and thin and I think he's let Kenny down, he's let the club down and he's let himself down." - Match Of The Day pundit Alan Hansen, a good friend of Dalglish.
"If anything he poured a bit of fuel on the fire and exacerbated the situation, and it was a shame to see that Kenny Dalglish seemed to have no inkling it had happened." - PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle.
"To come out and say a player shouldn't play for another club that you have no control of, I think is wrong. Instead of calming this down, they've allowed it to escalate." - Former Liverpool player Kevin Keegan was unimpressed with Ferguson's response.
"I hope League Man Assc [sic] takes a look at the woeful recent actions of some of its members." - Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore on Twitter.
"If the Fenway Sports Group is to be the responsible team owner in soccer that it has proved to be in baseball, it needs to get hold of Liverpool, its club in England's Premier League, and repair its global image fast." - An article in the New York Times.
"I have spoken with the manager (Kenny Dalglish) since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong. I've not only let him down, but also the club and what it stands for and I'm sorry." - Suarez.
"The player had told us beforehand that he would, but then chose not to do so. He was wrong to mislead us and wrong not to offer his hand to Patrice Evra. He has not only let himself down, but also Kenny Dalglish, his team-mates and the club. It has been made absolutely clear to Luis Suarez that his behaviour was not acceptable." - Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre.
"When I went on TV after yesterday's game I hadn't seen what had happened, but I did not conduct myself in a way befitting of a Liverpool manager during that interview and I'd like to apologise for that." - Dalglish.
"It is incredibly depressing. It was very unsporting behaviour and I am sure the Football Association will look to see if any rules were broken." - Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.