Liverpool & # 39; dropped the football & # 39; in their support for Luis Suarez in his racist abuse case against Patrice Evra, former football director Damien Comolli
- admits former football director Damien Comolli said to abandon Liverpool & # 39; ;
- Comolli was in the club during Luis Suarez's racist abuse case with Patrice Evra
- He said it was the worst moment of his career because she was Suarez
- openly supported. Liverpool players wore & # 39; Suarez 7 & # 39; t-shirts supporting their forbidden striker
- Manager Kenny Dalglish even wore a t-shirt when Suarez served an eight-game ban
- Comolli said his verdict was clouded because Evra played for Man United
Comolli, who was last sports director at the Turkish club Fenerbache, was football director at Anfield in 2011 when Suarez was accused of racist abuse Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra. The Uruguayan was found guilty and received a ban from eight FA matches, but Liverpool called the ban extraordinary & # 39; because Suarez argued for his innocence.
The club then decided to & # 39; Suarez 7 & # 39; wear t-shirts in support of their excessive striker, which Comolli admitted he now regrets and & # 39; the worst moment of my career & # 39; called.
& # 39; I regret almost everything, & # 39; said Comolli on the Athletic & # 39; s podcast Ornstein and Chapman .
& # 39; I regret our attitude, I regret the way we approached it, I regret my response to the FA Tribunal. I was there two or three days. I did not respond well when they gave the sentence, because I did not agree at the time.
& # 39; It was probably the worst moment in my career due to frustration. We have isolated ourselves from the rest of the world and that was wrong.
He added: & # 39; We should have taken advice from outside, legal advice but also PR advice, from someone who was not caught by the storm, that would say & wait, you have to wake up, because the reality outside is not what you feel internally & # 39 ;.
Former Captain of Liverpool Jamie Carragher reflected on the decision to wear the t-shirts as a & # 39; huge mistake & # 39; and manager Kenny Dalglish even wore one of the t-shirts during an interview on live television.
Comolli claimed that Evra as a player of Manchester United obscured the club's judgment in supporting Suarez.
& # 39; The fact that it was a player from Manchester United made things nearly a thousand times worse for us than it should have been, & # 39; Comolli explained.
& # 39; We reacted in the worst way because it was Manchester United and the rivalry between the two clubs. I feel like we didn't look after Luis as we should. We did not give him the defense or the advice he should have received.
& # 39; I usually see the players as my children. It was the first time that I felt that I had really abandoned a player. We are abandoning the club, we are probably also abandoning football because we have acted incorrectly.
& # 39; The only excuse I can find, if there is an excuse, is that none of us had ever experienced anything like this before and we just didn't know how to deal with it, from the owners down. You should have seen the reaction of the owners to all this. They were more than onside with Luis and wanted to be on Luis & # 39; s side. Even at board level where you think these people have been removed from the situation and can help, they were caught in the storm as emotionally as we are. It was all wrong. & # 39;
& # 39; They have always loved me and treated me exceptionally well & # 39 ;: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez greets Liverpool fans as the & # 39; best & # 39; as he reflects on the three-year spell at Anfield
The Uruguay international made the switch to Nou Camp from the Red in the summer of 2014 for £ 75 million.
Suarez was sensational during his time at Anfield, scored 82 goals and provided 47 assists in 133 games, and he praised Liverpool supporters.
& # 39; They are among the best football fans because of all the love they always gave me during my time in Liverpool & # 39 ;, he told Otro .
& # 39; They have always loved me and treated me exceptionally well. That is why they are among the best football fans in the world. For me the best. & # 39;
Suarez is currently on the sidelines with a knee injury after an earlier knock on January 9 during the Spanish Super Cup defeat of Barcelona by Atletico Madrid.
The Barcelona attacker had to undergo surgery and is unlikely to return before the end of the season.
The LaLiga giants signed striker Martin Braithwaite from Leganes last week after they had received permission to bring forward an emergency after a series of long-term injuries.
Barcelona gets injury boost because Luis Suarez can play & # 39; this season again & # 39; after a positive operation, but Catalans continue to hunt for striker signs after Ousmane Dembele-blow
- Luis Suarez had expected out of action until the end of the season
- Reports show, however, that the Uruguayans will return before the summer
- Barcelona can sign a new striker to replace the injured Ousmane Dembele
The Uruguayan attacker was expected to be out until the summer due to a knee injury, but reports have now suggested that he has responded well to surgery.
Luis Suarez responded well to the treatment and could be back in action before the summer. his
Sources have told Goal Suarez is expected to be back before the end of the season because he is already running normally, which has given the club a boost.
The Barcelona attack is worn out because Suarez and fellow attacker Ousmane Dembele are out of action.
The club tries to sign a new striker, even though the transfer window is closed.
Barcelona may sign an emergency replacement for Dembele by proving that his hamstring injury will keep him out of the season.
Dembele could be out for up to six months because of the severity of his hamstring tear.
The club reportedly has a shortlist of n four men with Willian Jose, Angel Rodrig uez, Lucas Perez and Loren Moron are all considered.
LaLiga rules state that Barcelona can sign a forward game in Spain for domestic games if a medical assessment shows that Dembele will not return this season.
It means they still have no options in the Champions League. They are faced with Napoli in the last 16 after league games against Getafe and Eibar.
Barcelona & # 39; contacts Real Zaragoza about the signing of Luis Suarez in emergencies … but Watford can block every move for their loan attacker & # 39;
- Watford striker Luis Suarez is on loan for a season to Real Zaragoza in Spain
- Barcelona is considering an approach for him due to frontal injury problems
- The Hornets can block any movement Barca for the 14-target Colombian
Real Zaragoza striker Luis Suarez ] is considered by Barcelona as a possible emergency to alleviate their injury crisis, but parent club Watford are set to prevent any possible transfer, according to Cadena Sur.
Barcelona is currently in an injury crisis with the Colombian Uruguayan namesake for the rest of the season, while Ousmane Dembele has also had a new muscle problem.
The club would like to use a clause that allows teams to sign a player from another Spanish side in the event of an injury in that position with Suarez, who has 14 goals in 24 matches in the second layer, their main goal .
Suarez, 22, joined the Watford youth academy in 2017, but has yet to perform as a senior for the club and has lent time to fellow Spanish parties Valladolid and Gimnastic.
His sparkling form of form has helped Zaragoza climb to third place in the Segunda Division this season.
Barcelona is particularly short in attacking options after sanctioning January sections for the young couple Carles Perez and Abel Ruiz.
Barcelona plan to replace Luis Suarez – by Luis Suarez … while viewing the Watford striker currently on loan to Real Zaragoza
- Luis Suarez is expected to come out for most of the rest of the season for Barcelona
- The striker underwent knee surgery and could now be replaced by his namesake
- Watford & Luis Suarez has 14 goals in 24 games for the second division Real Zaragoza
- The borrower could join Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann if Barca made a move
Former Liverpool hitman Suarez has scored 14 goals for the League title holders this season, but is expected to miss most of the remainder of the campaign after surgery on the right knee problem that is affecting him held in the Copa del Rey final last season
That could lead new coach Quique Setien to turn to Luis Suarez of the Hornets, who has performed almost as productively as his more famous counterpart by scoring 14 goals score in 24 games for the second division Real Zaragoza.
The 22-year-old has been productively engaged in form that Zaragoza has proposed as third in the table and has drawn interest from Barcelona, according to The Sun .
Setien has lost Ousmane Dembele to a hamstring problem and is confronted with the prospect of top scorer Lionel Messi thinking about a relocation of the Nou Camp after the Argentinian star was angry with comments from sports director Eric Abidal.
Younger Suarez joined Watford & # 39; s youth team in 2017 and made a temporary switch to Zaragoza last summer after borrowing spells with fellow Spanish parties Valladolid and Gimnastic.
He never played for Premier League wrestlers but could now offer back-up to Messi and Antoine Griezmann after Setien had not brought in any new recruits during the transfer window in the aftermath of his appointment on January 13.
The prospect in form could become the newest Luis Suarez to play for Barca, in the footsteps of another legendary attacking talent.
The Luis Suarez, who played for Barcelona between 1955 and 1961, was a well-known attacking midfielder who scored a goal every other game before spending nine years at Inter Milan and enjoying a decorated management career, including three spells charged with Inter between 1975 and 1995 and a three-year reign as Spain boss who took over the 1990 World Cup.
Speaking for the trip to his former club Real Bet is today, Setien admitted that Barcelona & # 39; must find someone & # 39; and added: & # 39; Versatility is of course very important to us, but that can be hard to find.
& # 39; You can only have what is on the market. First we need permission to sign a player.
& # 39; We have quite a few names on the list, but there are other conditions to keep in mind. It doesn't always depend on me or even on the club, but on the circumstances. & # 39;
& # 39; Getting stronger every day! & # 39 ;: Luis Suarez, the star of Barcelona, continues his path to recovery while giving thumbs up while practicing a wounded knee with a striker on the sidelines for four months
- Luis Suarez is continuing his path to recovery by strengthening his injured knee
- The attacker was excluded four months after an operation last month
- Suarez posted an update of his rehabilitation on Instagram page on Tuesday
The attacker was excluded four months after surgery on his right knee last month.
But Suarez posted an update of his rehabilitation on his Instagram page .
In addition to a photo of him exercising his knee and giving a thumbs up, Suarez wrote: & # 39; Keep moving forward, getting stronger every day! & # 39;
Barcelona was looking for a striker during the transfer window of January to try the void left by Suarez for the rest of the season.
The Catalan giants were linked to Valencia forward Rodrigo and Cedric Bakambu of Beijing Guoan, but movements could not come true.
Barcelona currently stands three points behind LaLiga leaders and rivals Real Madrid.
Quique Setiens side view Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals of Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Barcelona & # 39; Philippe Coutinho is trying to sell NOW while they want to free up money to sign Luis Suarez replacement & # 39;
Barcelona were set for a busy end to the January transfer window after it was reported that they are trying to sell Philippe Coutinho and sign a replacement for Luis Suarez.
Coutinho is currently on loan to Bayern Munich and although they are paying his £ 7.2m seasonal wage, the Bundesliga side have declined its £ 102m option to buy.
Catalunya Radio Barcelona report that Bayern has been kept informed of the situation and can still sign it at a lower price if agreement can be reached before the window closes.
Barcelona would be desperate to raise money while looking for a long-term replacement for striker Luis Suarez.
It was reported Wednesday evening that Everton closed a huge £ 85 million bid from Barcelona for Richarlison, while Dusan Tadic was also on their radar.
Elsewhere, Ivan Rakitic – a target for Manchester United and Juventus – could also reach the Nou Camp in a busy few days for the La Liga giants.
Lionel Messi & # 39; s son applauds Barcelona goal that was never … before Luis Suarez fooled him about premature celebration at Nou Camp
- Barcelona has Real Betis with 5-2 comfortably conquered Sunday at the Nou Camp
- They were without key figures Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez during La Liga clash
- Barcelona- duo watched from the sidelines with their children
Messi & # 39; s three-year-old son, Mateo, prematurely celebrated a goal that never
Lionel Messi & # 39; s son prematurely celebrated a Barcelona goal that was never during La Liga's comfortable win over Real Betis.
Barcelona easily conquered Betis and won 5-2 thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann, Carles Perez, Jordi Alba and Arturo Vidal on Sunday night at the Nou Camp.
And Mateo, who was watching the game with both his father and the Barcelona striker. Luis Suarez became fully involved in the stands.
Mateo can be seen roaring and his hands in the luch t throw in the air, but the shot actually hit the side e-compensation.
And Suarez can be seen amusing in shock at Mateo and wonders why he was partying so early.
Key men Messi and Suarez are currently both injured for the Spanish giants – both sidelined due to calf injuries.
But in their finish Presence the duo saw new signing Griezmann stepping on the board, scoring his first two goals for the club when they finally achieved the victory.
The side of Ernesto Valverde bounced back in style after their first defeat at Athletic Bilbao.
The Spanish giants take on Osasuna on Saturday afternoon, looking for kick-on from their early disappointment.
Barcelona & # 39; offers £ 67 million for Monaco ahead of Wissam Ben Yedder & # 39; while the Catalan outfit is speeding up plans to replace the injured Luis Suarez
Barcelona has a £ 67 million bid for Monaco ahead of Wissam Ben Yedder as they seek cover for the wounded Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan frontman will be out of action for four months after a knee operation after the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia and the Catalan outfit need reinforcement because they scrap with Real Madrid for LaLiga.
Barca has looked at various options at rush hour but is reportedly denied in their attempts to sign Arsenal & Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and assassin Timo Werner.
The club also likes Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan, but they now have a quiz d Monaco decision by bidding on their talisman Ben Yedder, according to Foot Mercato in France.
Ben Yedder was clinically in Ligue 1 this season and has 15 strikes in all competitions of 18 games.
The 29-year-old signed for Monaco this season for just £ 33 million from Seville, where he scored 30 goals last season.
Barcelona would have been impressed by what they saw about the attacker during his time in LaLiga, and now his ongoing hot streak for the purpose has been enough to get them to convince you to make an offer.
Club officers met their counterparts in Monaco and Ben Yedder's agent, the report claims, but the club would not be willing to give up their key figure and not want to sell this month.
Monaco is also struggling with bids for the Islam Slimani, with Tottenham and Manchester Uneded, which itself has few options, according to rumors would be interested.
It has been a good week for Antoine Griezmann . He scored twice in the Spanish Cup on Wednesday to send Barcelona to the final-16; he had already shown that he had been fully engaged for Quique Setien three days earlier in the new coach's first match; and on Thursday he was relaxing as he watched the Barcelona basketball team play Red Star in the EuroLeague.
He is assimilated into the culture of the club; he is vital for the new manager; and he began to prove that they do not have to sign a new striker to replace the long-injured Luis Suarez because he can do the work.
The biggest encouragement of the first Half of that first game with Setien last weekend came after about 20 minutes when Griezmann sprinted from his position in the Barcelona attack to the right back to make an interception. Something about his body language that night said, "This is my time now."
And when he had two goals got in the midweek to save Barcelona from shame against minnows Ibiza in the cup it felt like a confirmation that he will be the man who will help Setien to get off to a good start at Camp Nou and survive without Suarez.
Griezmann, who played in 27 of the 28 Barcelona games this season, has now scored 11 goals in all competitions, & # 39; that's more than Philippe Coutinho managed to achieve in the entire last campaign & # 39 , Diario Sport reported Thursday. Unfair on Coutinho perhaps if you consider him a midfielder, but Griezmann, although he may not have played in midfield, played in the shadow of the collaboration between Suarez and Lionel Messi.
He can now step out of Suarez shoes. They are great to fill in because he had scored or helped 41 percent of Barcelona & # 39; s goals before he got injured, but there is a feeling in Barcelona that Griezmann will respond to the extra responsibility – he did it under Diego Simeone when he was the main Atletico Madrid player.
He showed signs that he had done in Ibiza last weekend and Wednesday, and in the absence of the equipped Messi, he was the most important man in Barcelona who came up to be counted when the team needed him. How Atletico Madrid could have dealt with him 24 hours later after being knocked out of the cup.
Today Barcelona faces Valencia where they have drawn 1-1 in the last two seasons. Last year Suarez passed to Messi to save a run after Ezequiel Garay opened the score. This time there will be no Suarez, so Griezmann becomes Messi & # 39; s first option.
It was always difficult for Griezmann to enter a dressing room in Barcelona that was dominated by Messi and Suarez. He spoke publicly about how no one welcomed him more personally and sent him more messages to help his adjustment off the field than Suarez. But it still remains that the South American brothers come as a pack and that Griezmann would always be the third man in the beginning.
Outside the field he was never unwelcoming, but it seemed like a cold feeling in their relationship.
& # 39; He is not someone who speaks much and neither do I, so it is hard for us to talk, & # 39; said Griezmann in a press conference prior to the competition when asked about their relationship.
He added: & # 39; We already have an & # 39; Mate & # 39; (South American herbal tea) had it together, so we are on the right track & # 39; but it was the previous sentence that suggested that everything was not right.
Dealing with Messi has always become an integral part of Barcelona's success if you are a new forward player.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic never really managed; Alexis Sanchez had a similar problem, and David Villa sometimes struggled, although he came around by sacrificing himself and becoming one of Messi & # 39; s brilliant wingmen on the 2011 side.
Neymar was a different story. He made it clear from day one that he knew his role was to help Messi. But Messi also saw from the outset that Neymar had the flamboyance and the exciting skills to do most of what Messi could do – he was happy that someone was taking on a bit of the workload.
Griezmann also has that talent and yet, when he scored twice in his home debut and tried to engage himself with Messi by saying about his second goal: & # 39; I have seen Messi see that kind of goal so often scoring that I just copied it & # 39 ;, it didn't really work
As some commentators pointed out, it was a shame he didn't also copy Messi's style of restrained, natural, celebration. He ran after the target to grab a handful of glitter from a prepared flight attendant and then throw it into the air theatrically – it was the perfect example of how to turn a positive story into a negative.
There have been no pre-prepared goal celebrations. He held withheld, solemn press conferences after the game and looked like a mature and serious signing.
The fans at Camp Nou also warmed him up. Griezmann & # 39; s Lebron James rip-off has been forgotten and no one ever thinks of that somewhat nasty video about his & # 39; Decision & # 39; not to come to Barcelona early last season.
Now he is seen as the player who helps Barcelona navigate through life without Suarez. They used to see him appear at the Camp Nou as the center defender of Atletico Madrid and sometimes even fight him with Gerard Pique despite the height disadvantage. He proved under Simeone that he can play as the nine.
It is not his favorite position, but he knew before he arrived that his favorite position was driving between midfield and Messi 's attack. He will never be Messi, but he could be Suarez for the next four months and if he does, he has confirmed his place in the Catalan club for good.