Liverpool sponsor disappointed by Suarez affair


LONDON (AP) -- Liverpool's biggest sponsor has criticized the club for its conduct during the fractious Premier League match against Manchester United that was marred by Luis Suarez's refusal to shake hands with Patrice Evra.

Standard Chartered, which signed a four-year deal in 2009 to sponsor Liverpool's shirt, says in a statement Monday "we were very disappointed by Saturday's incident and have discussed our concerns with the club."

Suarez apologized Sunday for letting down Liverpool and "what it stands for" by snubbing Evra in the pre-match handshake, re-igniting the racism row that has tarnished the name of one of England's biggest clubs.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish also apologized for his angry post-match reaction in which he refused to condemn Suarez.