After The Dust Has Settled On Liverpool

At least, we might pause to reflect, they didn’t choose to take the matter any further. The small matter of fuss surrounding the charges brought against Luis Suarez finally started to recede this week, after several months of headline-hogging. It passed with a final round of brow-furrowing from two sides of a debate that has become so entrenched as to resemble a First World War battle reconstruction, with the bloodhounds of the press finally being released after Liverpool and Suarez issued public statements themselves. This isn’t, however, a matter which is going to completely blow over. The already fractious relationship between Liverpool FC and Manchester United, which had finally been showing signs of starting to thaw in recent months, has seen any lasting vestiges of detente blown away, and the return of Suarez from his suspension may yet become a celebration of noble ideals and solidarity which have, over the last few weeks, become tarnished in defence of the indefensible. If the now infamous T-shirts worn at Wigan just before Christmas are anything to go by, such an eventuality would come as no great surprise. We are not going to go back over the verdict of the commission yet again. It has already been done here, as well as almost every other website, newspaper and podcast in the land. Suffice to say that, if we hold it up to anything like reasonable scrutiny, it seems...

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