Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish opted not to discuss “the Luis Suarez episode” when asked about the incident by Alan Shearer.
Dalglish was the Liverpool manager when Suarez was found guilty by a three-man FA panel of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a game in October 2011.
Suarez has maintained his innocence to this day but Liverpool have since admitted their mistakes in publicly defending the player, including wearing T-shirts in support of him before a subsequent Premier League game when the row was still ongoing.
Jamie Carragher apologised to Evra last year – Glen Johnson attempted an explanation of his own – while Liverpool’s former director of football Damien Comolli suggested that the club “let football down”.
But when given the opportunity to apologise for his part in the club’s conduct, Dalglish sidestepped a question from new Athletic columnist Shearer, who chose not to press further.
“Any regrets about your second time as Liverpool manager?” he asked. “Would you have changed the Luis Suarez* episode?”
Dalglish replied: “I certainly wouldn’t say everything we did was perfect, but that doesn’t just apply to contentious situations, it’s the same when you’re successful. If you start to think you’re always right, you’ll get yourself in trouble.
“Hindsight is a great thing. I’ve been lucky. It’s some trip I’ve been on, from a wee boy who left school at 15 – some say I outstayed my welcome – and went on to play football, which was always my ambition. And I played for the two most successful clubs in Britain at the time.
“I’m not saying it was down to me, by the way. I was lucky to be brought up through Celtic and developed at Liverpool. Then I managed some iconic clubs. Newcastle was the most disappointing one for me, but it didn’t take away the enjoyment I got up there and I still have a soft spot for them.
“Blackburn was an absolute fairytale and Liverpool was just beyond any of my expectations and wildest dreams. So I’ve not done too badly.”