• Premier League

United accept Suarez's apology

ESPN staff
February 12, 2012

Manchester United have accepted Liverpool forward Luis Suarez's apology for refusing to shake Patrice Evra's hand.

Suarez made a public apology on Sunday, a day after courting further controversy for his refusal to shake the hand of Evra prior to Manchester United's 2-1 Premier League win at Old Trafford.

Suarez had previously been banned for eight games after being found guilty of racially abusing the French full-back, with his decision not to shake his hand only inflaming tensions as both sides hoped to put the issue to bed.

United have moved quickly to accept his apology, urging both sets of supporters to draw a line under the saga.

"Manchester United thanks Liverpool for the apologies issued following Saturday's game," a club statement read. "Everyone at Old Trafford wants to move on from this. The history of our two great clubs is one of success and rivalry unparalleled in British football.

"That should be the focus in the future of all those who love the clubs."

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has also apologised for his conduct, while club managing director Ian Ayre made it clear in a separate statement that Suarez's actions were unacceptable and not approved by the club.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said on Saturday that Suarez was a "disgrace" to Liverpool and should never play for the club again.

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