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Thursday, 23 April 2009

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Some members of the Liverpool squad were visibly moved by the apology

Rafael Benitez confounded his critics by apologising to Alex Ferguson and Sam Allardyce at a hastily convened press conference earlier today.

The normally calm and business like Benitez looked emotional as he said, "When I reviewed the footage from the Blackburn game I was shocked by how smug and arrogant I appeared when we battered Blackburn Rovers".

"The way I crossed my arms and then held them out to the side and smiled," he paused at this point and appeared to be close to breaking down, until continuing in a croaky voice, "that is not me. I want everyone to know that I meant no disrespect to the people of Blackburn or the players in the football team. Or to Sam who I admire and love like a brother".

The emotion of the situation seemed to be too much for him at this point and he needed a sip of water followed by a supportive hug from Sammy Lee.

"I want to thank the great Sir Alex Ferguson. It has taken a great man to make me aware of my failings. Some things are more important than football, and I hope God will forgive me the sin of arrogance. I now aim to be more like the great Sir Alex. The way he handled the disappointment of the rejected penalty appeal against Everton in the FA cup semi final was a shinning example not just to all Premier League Managers, but to humanity."

Benitez then left the stage with his head bowed humbly, watched by the worlds press in respectful silence. Ferguson later called the apology "a load of hot air" and described Benitez as a "Dickhead".

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