Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Why Fergie was Right about Suarez

Alex Ferguson has made a number of curious statements about Luis Suarez recently.
This is what he said,

“I could not believe it, I just could not believe it. He’s a disgrace to Liverpool Football Club, that certain player should not be allowed to play for Liverpool again.”
“The history that club’s got and he does that and in a situation like today could have caused a riot. I was really disappointed in that guy, it was terrible what he did.” 

I for one think Fergie's got it right in this case but not for the reasons you would think.
Suarez's diving and constant moaning at referees for things not going his way is not the way Liverpool players should behave on the field. Him snubbing Evra while telling Kenny Dalglish and the Liverpool management that he would do otherwise was unbecoming of a Liverpool player. His kicking of the ball away at half time in a fit of petulance was similarly undignified. 
Liverpool Football Club are a different breed of football club. They can't be compared to your Man Utds, Chelseas or Man Citys. This is not a club built on money or intimidation of referees and officials. This is a club built on values. Values that Bill Shankly espouses so clearly in the video below. 
Fast forward to minute 3:48 to see what I mean.

Values such as hard work, no one being bigger than the club and playing for the public who pay good money to see you play.  Fans who pay good money to see a good game of football not a non handshake.
This is not a club that tolerates players launching kung-fu kicks on fans (Cantona), players who intentionally miss drugs tests(Ferdinand), players who constantly dive and throw hissy fits(Ronaldo) or players who sleep with their brother's wife(Giggs).  This is not Manchester United. 
This is Liverpool Football Club. Higher standards are expected. 
If Suarez does not change, he should be sold.
Sold to Man Utd.
They tolerate this kind of devilish behavior over there.
Ask Fergie.

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