The controversy surrounding the tackle that left Arsenal and Croatia striker Eduardo da Silva with multiple fractures and a dislocated ankle continues to rumble on as the Indy published a big interview with Martin Taylor in today’s edition.
The Birmingham stopper has launched a big charm offensive, getting former managers and players to vouch for the fact that he is a decent bloke.
All well and good, but to me Taylor is refusing to acknowledge just was a stupendously horrible challenge it really was. The below photo from the Observer shows the nano second before impact and it is absolutely clear that, at best it was a reckless effort, and at worst a concerted effort to break the guy’s leg.
No one who hasn’t played the game at the top level can really judge what goes on in a footballer’s mind during such a high pressure and intense match, but we can all relate to having wild thoughts, even if they are fleeting and never acted upon, imagining what it would be like to do something truly awful. Or is that just me?
Maybe, for that split second Taylor lost the plot and acted on his impulse. Who knows?
What I do know is that has been a school of thought amongst opposition Managers (Allerdyce especially) is that the way to beat Arsenal is to “get” at them physically in order for our players to be intimidated.
This constant physicality against the Gunners may have influenced Taylor at a sub conscience level thus making him act on an impulse to “do” Eduardo.
This season has seen a slew of filthy tackles, often two footed and going over the ball and I strongly feel that the FA should make an example of Taylor and give him an extended ban, say six matches, in order to send a clear message to players, and those who emulate them that these tackles have no place in the game.