Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has launched a staunch defence of Luis Suarez despite accepting the Uruguayan's eight game ban for his abuse of Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
Following their hugely public opposition to the FA case involving Manchester United's left-back, many had assumed Liverpool would contest the charges, which are alleged to have happened drawing the 1-1 draw at Anfield in October, yet the Merseyside club decided against mounting a defence against the FA's suspension which started with immediate effect on Tuesday.
Although Dalglish and Liverpool have accepted the FA's 115 page allegation against their star striker, in which Suarez is alleged to have called the aforementioned Manchester United star, who is yet to respond to the on-going feud, a 'negro' on several occasions, the club once again raised concerns over a possible agenda by the FA against the Merseyside club.
While Manchester United have maintained a dignified silence throughout, Liverpool continue to question the credibility of the allegation levelled by Manchester United's Evra.
In the aftermath of Liverpool's defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday, Dalglish was pressed on their club's stance over the incident involving their bitterest rivals Manchester United. The Scot intimated the FA have left plenty unsaid and suggested they were being harshly adjudged by Football's governing body.
"I would have thought that if you pronounced the word properly, you maybe understand it better." The Liverpool manager responded to the Daily Telegraph, when asked why the club did not apologise for Suarez calling the previously mentioned Manchester United player a 'negro'. "I think it was Spanish he was speaking and I don't think you were speaking Spanish there.
"If you get into asking a linguistic expert, which certainly I am not, they will tell you that the part of the country in Uruguay where he (Suarez) comes from, it is perfectly acceptable. His wife calls him that and I don't think he is offended by her. We have made a statement and I think it is there for everybody to read. Luis has made a brilliant statement and we will stand by him."
The Liverpool manager was then pressed on the FA's recent verdict which suggested it was 'simply incredible' to claim Suarez used the term towards the Manchester United player in anything other than an offensive way.
"There's a lot of things we'd like to say and a lot we could say, but we would only get ourselves in trouble. We are being evasive because we don't like getting ourselves in trouble." The Liverpool manager continued. "We know what has gone on. We know what is not in the report and that's important for us. Without me getting ourselves in trouble, I think that's us finished."
In December, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made his one and only comment on the incident, urging Liverpool and Suarez to accept the ban and move on from the incident.
""Our support of Patrice (Evra) was obviously right from the word go and that's still the same. The matter is over and I think we're satisfied that they [the FA's independent commission] found the right decision. This wasn't about Manchester United and Liverpool at all. It was nothing to do with that. This was an individual situation where one person was racially abused."
Intriguingly, Suarez will now be available for Liverpool's trip to Manchester United next month, when Ferguson host Dalglish's side at Old Trafford in the Premier League.