With the news breaking that Stewart Downing has been arrested for allegedly punching his ex girlfriend in the face in a nightclub at 1 am, manager Kenny Dalglish is no doubt preparing a statement offering 100% support to the player, and arranging for Stewart Downing t-shirts to be printed for the players to wear whilst warming up before the next game.
Why wouldn't he? Why does a bit of violence towards women matter? She no doubt asked for it, just like Evra asked for it from Suarez. In fact, Alex Ferguson probably paid for the girl's entry into the club and gave the Rossers a call to tip them off. And the arresting officers were, no doubt, Liverpool hating Mancs, or Cockney sons of bitches with a deep imbued revulsion for the good people of Merseyside.
It is all a fit up obviously. And the nightclub had design faults and wasn't fit to host the event. And anyway, the punch wasn't a punch, it was a slap, and culturally slaps in Middlesbrough, where Downing was born, do not mean the same thing as in the rest of the United Kingdom, a slap is in fact an expression of affection. Meet somebody in Smoggy Land and you slap them as a friendly greeting!
Downing is innocent even if he did punch the girl, and I am sure he can rely on Liverpool FC and the club's supporters to back him to the hilt. Let's face it, nobody in Liverpool is ever guilty of anything, are they?