Dalglish speaks to the referee
142. After Sir Alex Ferguson and Mr Evra had left the referee's dressing room, Mr Marriner
asked Mr Dowd to go and find Mr Dalglish and Mr Suarez and ask that they come to the
referee's room so that he could speak to them.
143. Mr Dowd, the fourth official, whose evidence was accepted by Mr Suarez, went to the
Liverpool dressing room. He opened the door and stood in the entrance. He said could
someone tell Mr Dalglish that they needed to see him and Mr Suarez in the referee's
dressing room. As he was saying this, Mr Dalglish put his head around a door to the
coaching team's area of the dressing room. Mr Dalglish had clearly heard what Mr Dowd
said and made a joke about having to wait 30 minutes before speaking to the referee. This
was a reference to the usual rule that managers are not allowed to approach match
officials until 30 minutes after the game.
144. Mr Dowd then left the Liverpool dressing room and went back to the referee's room.
Moments later, Mr Dalglish came into the referee's dressing room. Mr Dalglish was on his
own. Mr Marriner asked Mr Dalglish why Mr Suarez was not with him. Mr Dalglish said
that he had not brought him because Mr Suarez does not speak English. Mr Marriner
explained to Mr Dalglish what had been reported to him by Sir Alex and Mr Evra. Mr
Marriner said in his witness statement that Mr Evra had told him that Mr Suarez had said
to him "I don't talk to you because you niggers", although Mr Dalglish told us that he did
not remember the referee saying that to him. Since Mr Suarez accepted Mr. Marriner's
witness statement, we accept Mr Marriner's evidence that he said this to Mr Dalglish.
145. Mr Dalglish said, "hasn't he done this before?". This was the evidence to us of Mr Dowd,
which was also accepted by Mr Suarez. Mr Dowd remembered this as it caused him to
consciously stop and think whether he was aware of any previous allegation involving Mr