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Johnson – Liverpool got it wrong with Suarez

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Former Liverpool player Glen Johnson, says Liverpool got it wrong in the way they supported Luis Suarez and the t-shirt fiasco.

In an interview with Talksport, Johnson is not convinced Suarez is a racist and admits he could not be friends with him if he was.

However, he also admits the manner in which the club and teammates supported Suarez was not the right way to handle things.

As far as Johnson is concerned, Jamie Carragher was right to bring the matter up and issue Patrice Evra with an apology.

He said:

“Carra was right to apologise and I’d have to agree with him.”

“I think the timing of it was wrong as the ban was so close.”

“But in the club’s defence, they were just trying to support one of their players.”

“I don’t think anyone in that dressing room or at the club believed Luis was racist or capable of being racist.”

“Of course he got the ban, and I’m certainly not saying Patrice is lying, but I never heard anything, so I don’t know.”

“Nobody heard what went on, the only people who know the truth is those two.”

“I know Luis really well and I get on well with him, so I find it very, very hard to believe that he would have done something like that.”

Johnson feels that the whole situation could have been handled better.

He added:

“It’s a very sticky situation for me.”

“I’m stuck in the middle because Luis and I are good mates, and I wouldn’t be friends with a racist.”

“I wouldn’t be. I’d be the first to turn my back on him and that’s why it’s awkward for me.”

“But of course I have to apologise to Patrice as well. We got it wrong.”

“I just think the club were trying to protect him knowing how much of a nice guy he is and trying to keep their ship steady.”

Perhaps the fact that few in and around the club knew all the details.

“T-shirt gate” just appeared to happen and everyone went along with it.

He continued:

“There was no meeting or chat about it.”

“The T-shirts were just handed out before the warm-up.”

“Like Carra said, if one or two put it one everyone has to put it on.”

“They asked if everyone was happy to wear it, and a few of the guys said it was fine, so everyone put it on.”

“It was one of those moments where you’re thinking, ‘I hope I’m not getting this wrong’.”

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with team-mate Glen Johnson during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on December 7, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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