As a Manchester United fan, I am supposed to have a default for Liverpool FC. But I dont. As I have said before at the time of the Munich Air Crash, only two clubs offered help to Old Trafford. Nottingham Forest and…Liverpool. So the fans of both clubs who insult each other so viciously …dont know their own clubs histories.
Liverpool FC behaved extremely badly …and unwisely …when they defended Luis Saurez far too vociferously …and wrongly…when he racially abused Patrice Evra about eighteen months ago. The Anfield Club got a lot of bad publicity and lost a lot of friends.
Today Saurez bit a Chelsea player. Suarez had already been yellow-carded. The referee did not see the “biting incident” and Suarez stayed on the pitch…and scored a last minute equaliser.
In fairness Liverpool have learned from their previous mistake. They have said that it was conduct inappropriate for a player wearing a Liverpool shirt. Suarez has also apologised.
Inevitably Luis Suarez will face a lengthy ban. And hard to see that he can pick up any end-of-season award even if he does have a claim on being Footballer of thevYear.
But how exactly can Liverpool deal with him? Players and their Agents hold all the cards. Whatever about bringing the club into disrepute, Suarez can simply sign for another club. Maybe even Manchester United.
It is in the nature of football fans to be tribal. The Liverpool fans on the radio phone-ins think Suarez must be forgiven by the Club. He is after all their best player. And curiously they think that he is being victimised by the media.
And yet it has to be said that Liverpool fans and more broadly Liverpudlians have a very odd sense of victimhood. Today before the Chelsea game, they honoured recently deceased, Anne Williams, the Hillsborough campaigner who fought tirelessly for the ninety-six Liverpool fans killed that day. Liverpool fans rarely mention that twenty odd fans of Juventus died before a European match…after a riot involving Liverpool fans.
Liverpool fans urgently need a sense of Reality. And Perspective.