Liverpool boss Dalglish defends Suarez over hand-ball row

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish defended Luis Suarez after a hand-ball row against Wigan Athletic.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish defended Luis Suarez after a hand-ball row against Wigan Athletic.

The controversial Uruguayan handled the ball over the line in the 53rd minute and celebrated as though he thought his effort was legitimate.

The Mail on Sunday says there were boos from some parts of the Anfield crowd towards their own team at the end and home boss Dalglish said bitterly: "If that was hand-ball I must have been watching a different telly.

"It shouldn’t have been chalked off. I think it hit his shoulder as he tried to play it. And to be booked as well? It wasn’t justified, he was jumping for the ball."

But Wigan manager Roberto Martinez disagreed.

"I’ve seen the replay and it’s a clear hand-ball," said the Spaniard. "We all know Suarez is an artist at getting free-kicks and good situations for himself. Lee Mason was very strong... and he had to be.

"I have had so many bad decisions this season I’ve always kept my mouth shut and today I will only concentrate and enjoy our victory."

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