Gordon Strachan has claimed that football has no morals and suggested that despite Luis Suárez‘s latest indiscretion he would be welcomed back with open arms by Liverpool fans should he remain at Anfield.
The Scotland manager, speaking on ITV ahead of Thursday’s Group G clash between Belgium and South Korea, said Uruguay‘s willingness to defend their striker in the wake of his nine game and four month ban was understandable and no different to what anyone would do when faced with the loss of a star player.
Luis Suarez reaction show that football has no morals, claims Gordon Strachan
“We give Uruguay stick about defending [Suárez], but every manager defends his player,” said Strachan.
“People talk about morals – we don’t have any morals in football. Let’s get that right.
“Over the years I have played there has been wife-batterers, drink-driving incidents, infidelity, Eric Cantona jumping into the crowd and kung-fu-ing someone in the chest. The clubs stand by them.
“The supporters themselves, when these guys come back, they stand up and applaud them on the pitch.
“So don’t anybody start talking about morals – we don’t have any in football.
“If these things had been done by youth team players – who don’t have any importance to the first team – they get sacked.
“But because they can bring in merchandise and bring in money, then they will back them to the hilt.”