London: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Sunday, apologised for refusing to shake hands with Manchester United defender Patrice Evra before Saturday's explosive Premier League clash at Old Trafford.
Suarez had been widely condemned for his failure to acknowledge Evra's hand during the traditional pre-match greeting as he came face to face with United's captain for the first time since being given an eight-match ban for racially abusing the Frenchman at Anfield in October.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson branded Suarez a disgrace, while Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor called the Liverpool star's actions "disrespectful, inappropriate and embarrassing". (Related read: Ferdinand has no respect for Suarez)
Suarez finally showed some contrition on Sunday as Liverpool released a statement which contained an apology from the Uruguayan, who admitted his behaviour had tarnished his club's reputation.
"I have spoken with the manager (Kenny Dalglish) since the game at Old Trafford and I realise I got things wrong," he said on Liverpool's official website.
"I've not only let him down, but also the club and what it stands for and I'm sorry. I made a mistake and I regret what happened.
"I should have shaken Patrice Evra's hand before the game and I want to apologise for my actions.
"I would like to put this whole issue behind me and concentrate on playing football."