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Liverpool director Ayre not worried about pre-match handshake

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre suggests that the pre-match handshake this weekend pails into insignificance.

The Reds host Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday and all the talk has been regarding whether or not Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra will shake hands following the racial allegations the Frenchman made towards the Uruguayan last season.

This weekend marks the first game at Anfield since Liverpool fans were absolved of blame for the Hillsborough Stadium tragedy in which 96 Reds supporters died and Ayre suggests that there will be more focus placed on that side of things rather than the simple gesture of a handshake.

"We will be doing a handshake as there always is and, as regards to the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra thing, I think it's just a non-story for this day," Ayre said.

"Despite what the media says, nobody has gone and told Luis Suarez what to do.

"Luis is a grown-up, as I'm sure is Patrice Evra, and I think those players, like every other player on the pitch that day and everybody in the stadium, will recognise this isn't a day to talk about who is going to shake whose hand.

"This is about everybody being together for a much more important cause."

He added: "It will be an emotional and big game for everybody.

"Obviously this is our first home game since the announcement and findings and it's a great opportunity for our fans to pay their respects and in many ways for everybody to pay respect to our fans."

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