FA will take no further action against Liverpool and Manchester United
Liverpool and Manchester United will not face disciplinary action from the Football Association over the scenes at Old Trafford that followed Luis Suarez's refusal to shake Patrice Evra's hand.
Players from both clubs were involved in a heated exchange at half-time during United's 2-1 win on Saturday, while Evra was spoken to by referee Phil Dowd after the final whistle for his overt celebrations in front of Suarez.
The FA say the refusal to shake hands is not a disciplinary issue, while Dowd has reported that he dealt with Evra at the time and that the tunnel incident was not serious enough to warrant any further action.
Suarez apologised yesterday for his refusal to shake the hand of Evra, the target of his racist remarks in October which led to the Uruguay striker receiving an eight-match ban.
The pre-match handshake routine takes place before every Premier League and FA Cup match and is part of the FA's Respect campaign.
The Premier League had ruled out scrapping the routine for the match, the first time Evra and Suarez have come face to face since the original incident in October, saying to do so would negate the point of the handshakes.
Statements from Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and managing director Ian Ayre yesterday confirmed Suarez had misled them by indicating that he would shake hands with Evra.
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