Lord Ouseley, the chairman of one of football's leading anti-racism campaigns, has labelled Liverpool "hypocritical" for their actions in the Luis Suarez racism case.
The Merseyside club wore T-shirts in support of the Uruguayan forward - a move the Kick it Out chairman has called "dreadful".
Writing for The Guardian, the 66-year-old said: "Liverpool need to take a hard look at themselves. Suarez's attempt at a belated apology is lamentable."
"[The club] have been particularly hypocritical. You can't on the one hand wear a Kick It Out T-shirt in a week of campaigning against racism when this is also happening on the pitch: it's the height of hypocrisy.
"Liverpool players wore a T-shirt saying 'We support Luis Suarez', seemingly whatever the outcome. This was a dreadful knee-jerk reaction because it stirs things up."
The Anfield club have decided not to appeal the FA's eight-match ban and £40,000 fine.