After being found guilty of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence 18 years ago, Gary Dobson and David Norris have found an unlikely ally in the form of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.
‘It’s disappointing that this guilty verdict has been reached, but we at Liverpool FC will continue to stand by Gary and David because we know they’re good lads at heart.’ said Dalglish in a strongly worded statement, ‘We won’t be appealing the decision but it’s a shame that the Metropolitan police have only released the details that suit their case, such as the concrete evidence against the pair, and the full facts haven’t been made available to the public.’
Dalglish went on to state that the entire trial was flawed from the outset, and amounted to one man’s word against another.
‘Gary and David have insisted from the beginning that they didn’t do anything wrong, but the court has chosen to believe the overwhelming forensic case against them instead of their statements that “we didn’t do nothing”, which is very saddening.’
‘King Kenny’ also expressed his disappointment that cultural factors were not taken into account, claiming that repeatedly stabbing a black man, just because of the colour of his skin, is not seen as offensive in the area of London where Dobson and Norris are from.
‘They didn’t look at the cultural aspect at all. Dobson has got a black wife, who he regularly stabs, and she isn’t offended by it, so I don’t see why anybody else should be.’
‘Everybody at the football club will continue to support them during their prison term, and in the meantime we will concentrate on trying to get Glen Johnson, our only black player, as much exposure as possible to prove that we’re not a bunch of racists. We’d preferably like him to white himself up a bit more first though.’
Dalglish also revealed that he has 'no intentions to appeal against Luis Suarez eight game ban. Some things are indefensable and I strongly feel it would be in poor taste for me to challenge the FAs ruling.'