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Ferguson criticises Liverpool's handling of Suarez saga

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written of his dismay of how Liverpool handled the Luis Suarez racism row in his new autobiography.

The highly-anticipated book, which is to be released this week, reveals many things about Ferguson's time as United boss and inevitably, it would not have been complete without mention of their fiercest rivals.

The Scot, who won 38 trophies in 26 incredible years with the Red Devils, has criticised the way in which Liverpool showed their support for Suarez, saying: "Liverpool wore those T-shirts supporting Suarez, which I thought was a ridiculous thing for a club of Liverpool's stature. I felt we handled it well, mainly because we knew we were in the right."

Reds striker Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing United's Patrice Evra in a game between the teams on October 15 2011.

The incident was followed by an unsavoury aftermath, with the Uruguayan failing to shake the hand of the Frenchman the next time the two teams faced each other in the Premier League in February. 

Evra's team-mate Rio Ferdinand then refused to shake hands with Suarez. 

Ferguson claimed that his club would have never reacted in the same way had the tables been turned.

"The FA asked us several times not to discuss it, but Liverpool would not leave the subject alone. David Gill would not have allowed any manager to handle it in that way."

The book, titled "My Autobiography" will be available to buy on Thursday 24th October. 

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