Reds - We made Suarez decision

Image: Luis Suarez: Caused outrage by not shaking Patrice Evra's hand in Saturday's match

Liverpool have insisted the decision to apologise over the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra row was not forced upon them by sponsors.

Club insist they were not forced to make apology by shirt sponsors

Liverpool have insisted the decision to apologise over the Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra row was not forced upon them by shirt sponsors Standard Chartered. The bank, who are almost halfway through a four-year deal worth £81million, were involved in discussions with the club about events on Saturday when Suarez refused to shake the hand of Evra, the man he was found guilty of racially abusing. But the Reds insist it was they and not Standard Chartered who decided to take the decisive action in the form of three statements from the Uruguay international, manager Kenny Dalglish and managing director Ian Ayre. "Ian Ayre kept Standard Chartered fully informed of developments over the course of the weekend," said a statement from Liverpool.

Concerns

"The actions the club decided to take on Sunday were supported by Standard Chartered." On Monday, the bank confirmed they had held dialogue with the Anfield officials, expressing their concerns. "We were very disappointed by Saturday's incident and have discussed our concerns with the club," said a statement from Standard Chartered. Liverpool, having steadfastly defended Suarez ever since allegations were made against him by Manchester United defender Evra on 15th October, were quick to act following the incident at Old Trafford. Condemnation both in this country and overseas, particularly in the United States where the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group, are based, brought decisive action from the Anfield hierarchy.Bet Now

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