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Racist bins off Liverpool after dragging their name through the dirt

o-KENNY-DALGLISH-570Luis Suarez has left Liverpool for Barcelona just six months after signing a new 5-year-deal with the Merseyside club.

“I am delighted to have agreed a new deal with Liverpool and have my future secured for the long term,” said Suarez at the time. “I believe I can achieve the ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the very highest level with Liverpool.”

He came close to winning the title for them until Steven Gerrard slipped against Chelsea and surrendered their chance of glory. 24 years and counting…

The contract extension came as a surprise as just a few months earlier he was threatening to hand in a transfer request so he could leave Liverpool for Arsenal, Real Madrid, or anyone else that wanted him.

Suarez claimed that he had an agreement with the club that if they didn’t finish in the top four he would be allowed to leave for £40m, which prompted a £40,000,001 bid from Arsenal.

“I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement,” he said in an interview with The Guardian.

He also gave an interview with The Telegraph, claiming he felt “betrayed” by the club, and again reiterated his desire to leave.

“I have told the manager that I want to leave the club,” he said. “I am being accused of showing a lack of loyalty but last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we did not qualify for the Champions League the following season then I would be allowed to go.”

Strange then that now Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League, Suarez has left anyway. He will no doubt give a gushing interview where he declares his undying love for the club he has just chosen to leave, and those mugs will lap it up, just like they did all his other lies.

You see, an insane number of Liverpool fans didn’t even bother to read the FA report when he was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra. I don’t come in to contact with many scousers, and it’s probably unfair to judge their support purely on the muppets I come across on Twitter, but it’s unnerving just how many of their fans turned a blind eye to what he did.

“Negrito isn’t an offensive term in Uruguay” Liverpool fans tell me. Interestingly enough, the term “negrito” isn’t mentioned once by Suarez or Evra in the FA report. Why? Because Suarez admitted he called Evra a “negro” and that version was corroborated by Evra. The term “negrito” was banded about before the report was published and journalists were merely speculating.

“Negro isn’t an offensive term in Uruguay” other Liverpool fans tell me. Interestingly, the independent language experts who gave evidence in the FA hearing agreed. “Negro” isn’t an offensive term, depending on the context.

Professor Peter Wade (a specialist in race and ethnicity in Latin America) and Dr James Scorer (who works in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, and whose research focuses on Latin American urban politics and cultures, as well as on national and regional identities) both agreed that the term “negro”, when used amongst friends and family, was not insulting. These experts said that in all cases when the word is used in this way, the way Suarez claimed it was used, it implies a sense of rapport or the attempt to create such rapport.

However, the experts agreed without any question that the word used in the way it was by Suarez, in the midst of an argument, following a foul and aggressive language from both players, it is a racist insult.

Despite the claims from Liverpool at the time, this case was never decided on one man’s word against another. This fact was accepted by both Mr Greaney (the FA’s representative) and Mr McCormick (Suarez’s representative) in closing submissions

Suarez was found guilty because he admitted he called Evra a “negro” and the language experts found his defence to be nonsensical. The fact that Suarez was pinching Evra’s skin at the time further condemned him.

In Suarez’s witness statement, he bizarrely claimed that he pinched Evra to “defuse” the situation. Under questioning, he admitted that claim wasn’t true.

In his witness statement, Suarez claimed that he used the word in a “friendly and affectionate” way. At the time this excuse appeared to be utterly ludicrous, given the players were behaving in anything but a “friendly and affectionate” manner. But having heard Suarez’s explanation for biting Giorgi Chiellini, his defence for racially abusing Evra seems commonplace. He is so used to making up bizarre lies to defend his appalling behaviour.

Another brilliant example of this was following his first game against Evra after racially abusing him. In the customary pre-match handshake, Suarez refused Evra’s hand.

“I have spoken with the manager since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong,” Suarez said afterwards.“I have not only let [Dalglish] down but also the club and what it stands for and I’m sorry. I made a mistake and I regret what happened. I should have shaken Patrice Evra’s hand before the game and I want to apologise for my actions.”

Ian Ayre, Liverpool’s CEO, released a statement condemning the actions of the striker. “We are extremely disappointed Luis Suárez did not shake hands with Patrice Evra before yesterday’s game,” he said. “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. It has been made absolutely clear to Luis Suárez that his behaviour was not acceptable.”

However, the same bonkers Liverpool fans who certainly didn’t read the report, started posting screenshots and slow motion replays of the handshake. Despite the footage clearly showing Evra holding out his hand and Suarez refusing to shake it, they were intent on trying to prove that in fact it was Evra who refused Suarez’s hand.

So, what did Suarez do? He gave an interview a few months later, as if all the apologies from him and his club never happened, and said it was all Evra’s fault.

“Before the match against Man United, I promised my wife, the manager and the directors that I was going to shake my hand with Evra,” he said. “Why not, I thought, because I had no problems with him. I had been punished because of him, but I had no problems with shaking hands. But I was not forced to greet him. It was only a handshake and I was OK with that. But it was a misunderstanding, what happened between me and Evra at Old Trafford. In fact, I think it was all arranged against me again, as it had happened with the punishment. The media in England showed the moment when I passed in front of him, but they didn’t see that he had his hand low before. Only the media in Uruguay but also in Spain showed that I wanted to shake his hand. But in England, Man United has this political power, and you have to respect that and shut your mouth.”

The bloke just isn’t right in the head. The 48 games he’s been banned for since 2010, without a single red card, is testament to that. But the Liverpool manager and players put his face on their t-shirts after he had been found guilty of racial abuse. After biting Branislav Ivanovic they stuck by him. After giving interviews about his desperation to leave they rewarded him with a massive contract.

But now players in the Premier League no longer have to run the risk of being racially abused and bitten whenever they play Liverpool. And, presuming his deal with Juventus goes through, Evra won’t have to suffer the boos and verbal abuse at Anfield next season, for having the audacity to report the fact a Liverpool player racially abused him.


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49 Comments

  1. m09538061 says:

    Saurez has signed for Barca!
    But he can’t play until October due to the strict quarantine laws.
    The deal also includes a dog-muzzle for £7.50 from Pets are us!

  2. m09538061 says:

    Luis Suarez has said “it’s with a heavy heart that he leaves Liverpool for Barcelona.”
    I’m presuming heart in Uruguayan is “wallet.”
    Fuck off you racist prick!

  3. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Do we really need to bring this up again?

    Liverpool are going to have a hangover after the Suarez departure. Say what you will about him on a personal level, but he was the best player in the world in my opinion last season. The last 12 months he was nothing short of sensational. Huge loss for Liverpool and I think it will show badly.

  4. Craig Kapaj says:

    And then all the ABUs point out how United gave Rooney 300,000 grand a week despite holding the club hostage twice. Yet, they praise this racist cannibal endlessly, despite doing nearly the same damn thing

  5. wayne barker says:

    Gerrard looked a spent force at the World Cup looked horrible,have to wonder how much that fuck up against the Rent Boys took out of him,so apart from losing Suarez will be interesting to see if Gerrard is also done,gives the Dippers major worries unless they go out and spend the 80mill on a couple of quality players

  6. m09538061 says:

    Today Suarez,who is banned from football until November,signed for Barcelona who are banned from signing anyone until February.FIFA making things up since 1904

  7. Tommy says:

    Good ridence to bad rubbish, The premier league is a better place without this racist vampire vile disgusting excuse of aa humon.

  8. Tommy says:

    Off topic transfer rumours.

    Lazio chief Igli Tare says Stefan De Vrij wants to join them and insists Manchester United have not made a bid for him.

    “Many things have been said and written about De Vrij and his transfer to United but this is not true”

    According to reports in Italy, Juventus are hoping to officially announce the signing of Patrice Evra from Manchester United today. Juventus are reported to have agreed a deal in the region of €2million (£1.6m) with United for Evra, who will sign a two-year contract with the Serie A champions.

  9. Tommy says:

    Somewhat surprisingly Charni Ekangamene has joined Zulte Waregem permanently on a four year deal. I never felt he was going to be a first team player but shocked hes not stuck at it for 12 more months at least

  10. ashtheking says:

    What to say about Suarez. Barcelona and Suarez a match made in heaven that’s all I can say. Very funny that barca were banned from signing players and now they are signing for 75 odd millions. Fuck them. Won’t be surprised if his ban is reduced now.

    Now coming to our transfer. I like when players are linked with us but one player I really never hope to even get linked with is cavani. Man how overrated he is and the rumours are we would spend 50 million on him. I will give 50 millions to glazer but not buy a overrated joke of a player like cavani. I know rooney’s form has declined but rooney is still far better than cavani. Please no to cavani

  11. Tommy says:

    @Ash

    Agree 100% about Cavani, hes pants, every time I see him, he doesnt even look like a footballer let alone a forward, he cant finish for shit, to think PSG have spent a combined £100million for him and Luiz lol

  12. John says:

    Who needs Cavani when we have RVP?

    De Laurienties, Napoli President, is a very clever bastard. He must have accumulated a fortune from dumb PSG/Qatar from the sale of some of his players. Enough for him to produce couple of movies I reckon.

  13. dannysoya LOVES USAIN BOLT says:

    I don’t care about this so i’m going to change topic. Franz Beckenbauer has just confirmed that Toni Kroos is headed to Real Madrid. I can’t believe we didn’t want him. I know Van Gaal rejected him for system reasons or something but I personally don’t think that you pass up on a player like that if he is available. This might also have implications for the Vidal stakes because it could now mean that Bayern might get involved in the bidding and take him away form us. Just hope We’re able to get Vidal to make up for this Kroos loss.

  14. Kris Okechukwu says:

    Good read Scot.
    I think d scousers will b happy and relief cos with d rate he is going he might bite one of them and claim is d latest style of goal celebration

  15. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Paul Merson – “Germany aren’t that good” he also thinks they’ve struggled all tournament and he doesn’t buy into the hype that they’re a good team.

    Merson is very lucky to have a job with sky. I think it’s a job he received out of pity and to keep him on the straight and narrow.

    Germany win what was widely agreed the toughest group of the lot. They were pushed all the way by an impressive Algerian team which ranked the highest out of the African nation, they beat the French in second gear, trounced the hosts out of sight, but this doesn’t impress Merson.

    Germany have 6 players in their team that won U21′s European championships in 2009. These players consisted of Neuer, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Ozil and Boateng. These players have blended brilliantly with the old heads of Schweinsteiger, Lahm and Klose, not to mention the likes of Reus, Muller and Kroos.

    The German team consists of a ridiculous amount of decorated players both at senior and youth level who have won domestic titles galore, champions league titles, but Merson dismisses them as “not that good” and he doesn’t buy the hype. Staggering to think Merson is paid handsomely to give us all his “expert opinion”

  16. Mark Reid says:

    Toni Kroos to Real good player there lovely passer of the ball wouldn’t have minded him but if the boss thinks he wouldn’t fit in that’s all right.Looking more like Dimaria might be coming our way goodbye Ashley,now if Vidal arrived and we got hold of another center back I’d say not a bad bit of business.You would hope for a title challenge with that lot.As for Champions league challenge that’s another story.
    Oh and Suarez see ya you’re a great player but a horrible prick who bites another player only a matter of time before you fuck up again.

  17. gra mar says:

    @Gary – totally agree – time to let the Suarez evra thing go and Merson is talking through his hole.

  18. Marq says:

    It would seem Evra is leaving, sad really.

    I think we should really give Vidic & Evra a testimonial, even though they didn’t meet the 10 years mark

    On Suarez, good player, terrible human, enough said. Anything that makes Liverpool weaker is good news to us

  19. ashtheking says:

    I wouldn’t mind if we go for vlaar instead of vermaleen. Vlaar is equally experienced and has done a real good job for both villa and Dutch . My First choice would be hummels but if not him I won’t mind to get vlaar for cheap. He will do a decent job for 2-3 years and by the time we would have also known whether the likes of smalling Keane jones are good enough to be our first choice cbs. Also I don’t want another injury prone defender. What you guys think?

  20. Marq says:

    Talking about non-handshakes

    http://youtu.be/C_ZsZfw1vOs

    And they say Ronaldo is the arrogant one?

    @ashtheking

    Not too keen on Vlaar. Although he had a decent WC, but Aston Villa haven’t been really impressing with their defending. Pretty sure there will be some relatively unknown in the other leagues who can do as well as Vlaar

  21. Neil Moore says:

    Gary. Mate are you even surprised by that coke snorting, alky cry baby cunt Merson? The man is a fucking idiot. Can’t stand him. Great player but an arsehole.

    The dippers are fucked now without Suarez. Mind you they’ve got the world class beet root factory worker Lambert. They punched well above their weight last season and will be found out massively this time around. They’ll probably do a Spurs and spunk the money on utter garbage.

    As for Cavani? No thanks he’s fucking dreadful. Don’t rate him at all.

    Oh and is that Opik on fucking drugs? Bebe up top next season? Ha that’s funny he should do stand up.

  22. Neil Moore says:

    Ha the scousers blaming the Daily Mail for hounding Suarez out the country. Hate the right wing Mail but it’s not like the dippers to blame a newspaper! No doubt the scouse bastards will hold a minutes silence for Suarez opening game of the season.

  23. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Neil, I can’t say I’m surprised by Merson’s stupidity, but it baffles me how he’s given as much airtime as he is to voice his opinions.

    Yes absolutely agree about Liverpool. Rodgers did a very good job last season, but Suarez was the catalyst of that team and he’s irreplaceable unless you’re going to sign Messi or Ronaldo.

    I think Daniel Sturridge might struggle to replicate his form last season. Time will tell whether Sturridge punched above his weight last season. He’s already doing stupid bloody adverts for subway after one good season, closely followed by a shit World Cup performance in which he fluffed every chance that came his way against Costa Rica.

    The Liverpool situation could mirror the situation at Spurs just last season. Bale was sold and replaced by 8 or 9 average players to apparently improve the squad, and they suffered badly from a hangover after losing their star player. Liverpool seem to be doing the exact same thing.

  24. Neil Moore says:

    Gary. Baffles me pal how half the pricks in the media get so much airtime. I’ve never heard such a set of cunts as those on Talksport. Stan ” I don’t let anyone get a word in ” Collymore. Horse abuser Quinn. Gough who a few year back stated Arshavin was better than Messi! Durham the wind up merchant who does actually amuse me. Then you’ve the scousers all over the bbc and sky. Phil Thompson banned from commentating on dippers games because he’s so biased. Lineker rocking up shamelessly in an Italy shirt during the World Cup. Mr Boring Shearer. God the list goes on.

    Sturridge will struggle mate IMO. He suddenly behaves like he’s mr big time after one decent campaign.

  25. Gary Mitrovic says:

    Neil, of all the idiots in the media I have to say I dislike Stan the most. Like you said he literally just shouts people down who disagree with him and struggles to actually let anyone talk. He’s a bloody nasty piece of work, and I’m not entirely sure how mentally stable the bloke is.

    Yea Lineker turning up in am Italy shirt was pathetic. I again dislike the man, he left his wife for someone who looks exactly the same as her but twenty years younger. He’s a smug tosser, along with the hapless duo of Hansen and Lawrenson. Alan Hansen couldn’t have made it any more obvious he wanted Brazil to beat Germany. He harped on before hand how the German defence was suspect and Brazil would win. He then at halftime said he was “distraught” at what he had just seen, while given Germany barely any credit.

  26. John says:

    Strangely when “Goal.com understands”, they get it right most of the times. From Van Persie unhappiness with moyes training, Rooney trying to move to Chelsea to Sanchez deal to Arsenal so it is very likely that VIDAL and DI MARIA shall be our two big name signings this summer. Juventus, PSG and Madrid are all in Champions league so they are surely not going to strengthen their most potent rivals in immediate future with the transfer of their main players unlike Liverpool. I BELIEVE.

  27. Dwayne O Linn says:

    Saurez is just a plain and simple nut job, waiting to be tipped over the edge, losing the title like they did probably did it for him. I have yet to see a professional sportsman who physically cries like him, in defeat and victory, he is a wreck (vs palace and vs England). He wanted out at the end of the 12/13, so he took a bite out ivanovic, he wanted out this year as well, so took a bite of chelliani. Just a nut really, no loyalty, no remorse, no sense of reality or of the enormity of the problems he creates. It pains me to say though, he is a damn tricky, good footballer, and I will be glad to see the back of him as that can only fuck Liverpool up. They have potentially recreated the andy Carroll/ stuart downing situation with lambert/ lallana. Rodgers has spent his career scratching around in the bargain basement, lets see how he handles some big money. Hopefully badly and the dippers will be back where they belong, with stevie g crying himself to sleep as to why he never walked out the door years ago with the rest.

  28. UtdSenna says:

    Suarez is a cunt of the highest order and Liverpool fans not far behind. Hope they crash out of CL spot and Steive G retires without a PL trophy.

    It seems like the Di Maria story is a faked one by Metro. They reported Marca had written about it when in fact it was made up. Nothing in Marca about Di Maria to United. So of course other papers started quouting Metro and it got big. Another bullshit story. TheTimes wrote United are watching Di Maria, are they watching youtube maybe? lol. Read somewhere that PSG boss is in Madrid talking about a deal. It’s probably more likely PSG buys him than United. CL and money do have a factor. Ask Kroos.

    There is also some rumour in a French paper that United having talks with Cavani agents about a deal. Better hope that’s not true, if we splash 60m on him instead of buying players we actually need i give up. Better be bullshit.

  29. gra mar says:

    Lineker is a smug asshole and Lawrenson is a belligerent fool. I don’t know how he gets away with some of his comments. Lineker, Hansen and Lawrenson are an old boys club at the BBC and should be shafted. No better than Gray and Keys were at Sky.

  30. wayne barker says:

    money has a factor i read this morning Madrid are looking for 70 mill euros and Utd are not interested at that price true or not who knows but please don’t bring the CL into this when any player is prepared to go play in the French League.Last thing he gives a shit about is competitive Football.
    All players wasting their careers at PSG for the pay check are complete and utter whores,it’s the biggest farce in Football

  31. John says:

    http://m.101greatgoals.com/blog/real-madrids-angel-di-maria-has-agreed-to-join-manchester-united-for-150000-per-week-cnns-diego-bustos/

    [ Don't know about Metro. I think this Spanish journo of CNN might be the source of Di Maria rumours. ]

  32. John says:

    Jul 12, 2014 10:40:00
    The Argentina international is keen to work with Louis van Gaal, while an agreement in principle over personal terms is believed to have been reached between club and player

    By Paul Clennam

    Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal with Real Madrid for Angel Di Maria.

    The Argentina international is keen to work under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford and an agreement in principle over personal terms has been reached between United and the player.

    But Madrid value Di Maria at €56 million, while United had initially hoped to secure the forward for a fee in the region of €37m.

    Talks are set to resume next week with both Madrid and United confident that an agreement can be reached over a suitable transfer fee.

    The 26-year-old would be United’s third signing of the summer following the arrival of midfielder Ander Hererra and former Southampton full-back Luke Shaw.

    Goal understands Van Gaal is also keen for United to continue their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal as the Dutchman overhauls a squad which finished seventh in the Premier League last season.

    Di Maria is currently recovering from a thigh injury and is battling to be fit for Argentina’s World Cup final against Germany on Sunday.

    When questioned about his future at Madrid, Di Maria insisted last month that he wished to be kept in the dark by his agent.

    “I’ve asked my agent not to tell me anything about the talks he’s having,” he told reporters. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with my career.

    “I don’t want to know anything about my future right now. I’m focusing on my national team and not on what’s going on elsewhere.”

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  33. The WitchKing of Angmar says:

    UtdSenna,
    Whats there to ask Kroos?. United where not interest in pursuing the deal as it was called off by LVG cause he feels Kroos doesnt fit into the team and style he is trying to build at United. Dont give the impression like United are some hopeless club that no player is interest in signing for or like we cant compete for any player. This window has shown that we can and that Moye’s window was a one off. If you are a united fan, get behind the fucking team.

  34. UtdSenna says:

    Angmar: Kroos went out and said United was never an option. It doesn’t matter anyway. And yes some people want CL football and money that’s what i ment. It won’t matter for some but others it does so no United can’t compete for every player atm.
    I never said United were hopeless some players want CL and £ and that’s just a fact. You are making assumptions.

  35. The WitchKing of Angmar says:

    @UtdSenna,
    I havent seen any reports about Kroos saying United was never an option. All he’s indicated was he doesnt know if his future would be at Bayern. He has never indicated what his preferred choice is. Anyways not that it would matter because we arent in for him. If you read your above post, it seems as if you are writing united off like we cant compete for any players. Players realise that the max we wld be out of the CL is one year. They realise how big Man Utd is. They want to play for Van Gaal. Man Utd can compete for players. This window has proved it. Last season to me was a one off. Please get behind the team. If we wanted Kroos, we would get him because he is available. Simple as.

  36. warrored says:

    Well the media has been telling us last week that Evra will be signing for Juve “In hours” …..seems strange the deal isn’t done yet considering the paltry amount involved. Maybe the Vidal thing is real and he’s a pawn in it. :)

    Holland 1-0…..Silva should have been off

  37. Tommy says:

    @Gary

    Germany are a good team that I disagree with Merson about but hes got a point to a degree, the toughest group really? Tougher than and Holland, Spain and Chile? Apart from the opening game against a woeful, 10 man Portugal side and the semi, they really havent been great, neither has Argentina by the way, Struggled to extra time againast a nation making their first appearence in the knockous they played a ridiculous highline at the back and if the Algerians could finish, theyd have won, France never had a go, nonsence talking about Germany been in 2nd geer, they did fuck all all game barring a set piece goal, The German side 4 years ago smashes this german side, the german side 2 years ago again smashes this german side, this is far from a totally outstanding side, theirs not been an outstanding side in this world cup.

  38. Tommy says:

    @John

    goal.com is one of the worst, they just guess or copy news which has alreaady been reported, eventually they are going to get some things right lol

  39. Tommy says:

    @Utdsenna

    Its not even a case of United not needing a striker (Which we dont) its the fact that Cavani is complete and utter tosh, im a better finisher than him, the genius tag that some lay claim LVG is will quickly go if he signs Cavani

  40. John says:

    Van Gaal, 62, starts his new role at Old Trafford next week.
    “I hope the group in Manchester will become like this one. We have to sing from the same hymn sheet,” he said.

    “There will always be a place in my heart for these 23 players and my staff,” said Van Gaal, when asked whether he would miss working with the Dutch squad.
    “I have top staff. They are great people. My players were even better. It was a great group.”
    Van Gaal is expected to arrive in England next week, after becoming the first Netherlands coach to go through a World Cup unbeaten.

    Now Van Gaal is focused on bringing success back to Old Trafford.
    “I hope at Manchester United I can do my best,” he said.
    “I will do my best. Whether that’s enough for the fans I will wait and see, but I genuinely hope that will be the case.”

  41. John says:

    Tommy says

    ” the genius tag that some lay claim LVG is will quickly go if he signs Cavani.”

    I am not a fan of Cavani and I am almost sure he won’t be signed by Van Gaal. But even if he signs, I am sure it will for the reason only we will know after the impact he will have. That goes for any of his new signing.

    The way you people try to create doubts on the true Genius of Van Gaal is beyond belief. A fantastic man-manager and a fantastic tactician who we have seen in Brazil who beat all the odds to win third place and could/should have won the World Cup. And……Tommy who boldly claimed Holland will not even make pass the group stage. I know why you question “The father of modern football”. :) Because he is not British, isn’t it Tommy? Like Gary Neville who said United manager should always be prioritized to be Btitish as if it is England NT. You all are cut from same cloth but it is sad really. I smell racism or British old ego with tooth brush beneath their nose (moustache). I mean, it is sad really to see people trying to turn the clock backwards. :(

  42. John says:

    Tommy as for Gosl.com, they were the first one to report RVP Vs Moyes feud re training sessions. There were wild speculation on Sanchez but as soon as “Goal understands” report comes esp re transfer of players outside Uk, they have mostly got it right. So I prefer to give them the benefit of doubt.

  43. Martin Thomas says:

    Van Gaal is a top class manager and he showed more balls and ‘United attitude’ with that Tim Krul substitution than Moyes (and most of the players) did in all his time in the job…

    I hope the gaffer hits OT and Carrington like a whirlwind… Gets shut of all the dead wood (à la The Doc in the 70s) and applies his expensive Dutch shoe leather to the arses of Anderson, Bebe, Nani and Young as they fly out the door… Oh, and I hope he boots out Phil “cure for insomnia” Neville as well..

  44. Martin Thomas says:

    On the subject of Suarez I still find it amazing that various TV pundits, hacks and FIFA themselves are more offended and horrified by the little runt biting somebody (again!) than they were about him being racially abusive to a fellow professional (Ta-ra, Paddy… Best of luck to a man who truly understood the United way)…

    This transfer also shows where Barca are at… They have always been painted as the “club for good” (with Real Madrid always portrayed as the villains)… Barcelona always claimed to have high standards: No name on the sacred shirt, ethics in transfer dealings (They weren’t very ethical when they poached Sparky in 86, were they?!). Yet there is the Qatar logo on their shirt (and Qatar with its questionable human rights record and corrupt World Cup bid!) and now they sign a little savage like Suarez…. Maybe Barca were full of principle at one time, but look at them now….

    As for Suarez being a ‘genius’, that is bollocks… There have always been prolific scorers (Lineker, Clive Allen, Ian Wright, Ian Rush, Shearer, our own Ruud Van Nistelrooy etc) but genius is term reserved for that extra special type of player: Cruyff, Maradona, Zidane, Bobby Charlton, Di Stefano, Platini, Pele and of course, George Best… So there are those in the media who are trying to tell us that Suarez is in the same category as those men? Don’t make me laugh…

    And the Scousers? Where are your Suarez T-Shirts and (after being banned for racism!) ‘Welcome The Return Of The Hero!” banners now?! Up your’s, Mickeys!

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