“Luis is our team-mate and our friend. We are shocked and angered that he has been found guilty by the FA. We totally support Luis and we want the world to know that. We know he is not racist. We are a squad of many different nationalities and back- grounds. All of us support the club’s commitment to fighting racism. All of us accept there is no place in the game for any form of discrimination. As a group of players we totally support the Kick it Out Campaign. We have lived, trained and played with Luis for almost 12 months and we don’t recognise the way he has been portrayed. We will continue to support Luis through this difficult period, and as a popular and respected friend of all his team.” – Statement from Liverpool players.
On an action-packed night of pre-Christmas football in the Premier League, arguably the image of the evening came at the DW Stadium as the Liverpool squad backed up their earlier statement with a public show of support for Luis Suarez.
The Liverpool players came out at Wigan with white t-shirts with Luis Suarez featured on the front and the Uruguayan striker’s name and number on the back.