Sir Alex Ferguson has defended Liverpool’s Luis Suarez in his Arsenal press conference
Sir Alex Ferguson remarkably backed Liverpool’s Luis Suarez after The FA issued the striker with a ten match ban following his press conference ahead of the Arsenal match on Sunday. Ferguson likened the issue with that of Eric Cantona some eighteen years ago and stated that he understood how Liverpool might feel ‘aggrieved’ at the sentence. For me, you can slate The FA, but surely the responsibility lies with the Uruguayan?
Eric Cantona was banned for nine months and made his return against Liverpool on October 1st 1995. United went on to win the double that season and Cantona scored the winner against Liverpool in the FA Cup.
Sir Alex Ferguson brought back memories of Eric Cantona in an awful cardigan, making his way to court. The great man nearly left Old Trafford, but the manager – reportedly – chased United’s star around Paris in the summer night. Here is what Sir Alex had to say on the matter:
“I think back to Cantona and I have to say that a nine-month ban doesn’t equate to a 10-match, does it? I can understand how Liverpool are aggrieved at it, I must say that. I keep going back to [Cantona] – the FA done us that day, we would never allow that to happen now. I would never have listened to them in the first place saying that if ‘you make your punishment we’ll be happy.We did that, gave him a four-month ban and then they turned round two or three days [later, and said]: ‘Right, we’re charging him.’ We would never allow that to happen again at this club.”
Ferguson was then asked whether or not this was the reason Liverpool didn’t contest the ban:
“I’ll bet they’re glad they didn’t. It didn’t work with us, that’s for sure. David Davies (then the FA’s spokesman) promised us that, if we did it, there’d be no more action taken – bloody hell. If you think about it – a nine-month ban, its quite incredible, I still can’t get round that.”
Sir Alex was speaking ahead of the fixture against Arsenal on Sunday. We have collected a selection of match odds that you might find useful for your betting this weekend:
- bet365 and Betfred looking cracking value at 3.3 to take all three points against Arsenal this Sunday.
- Unsurprisingly, Robin van Persie is favourite to opening the scoring at 6.5 with bet365.
- bet365 also have Wayne Rooney at decent value of 8.5 to open the scoring.
- Betfred have Manchester United to win 3-1 at odds of 19.