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Wenger retracts comments about Taylor

BIRMINGHAM, England — Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger has retracted comments calling for Birmingham defender Martin Taylor to be banned for life following his horror tackle on Eduardo on Saturday.

Taylor was shown a red card in the opening minutes of the 2-2 draw at St Andrews after his late challenge resulted in the striker suffering an horrific double compound fracture of his left leg.

Immediately after the game, in which James McFadden equalised from the penalty spot in injury-time, a furious Wenger said: This guy should never play football again. What is he doing on the football pitch?

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish and former manager Steve Bruce jumped to the defense of the player, who was described as distraught, and Wenger has now softened his stance.

It was a highly emotional afternoon and we were all shocked by the injury to Eduardo, said Wenger, who said the Croatian will definitely miss Euro 2008.

On reflection, I feel that my comments about Martin Taylor were excessive. I said what I did immediately after the game in the heat of the moment.

The Gunners’ lead at the top of the table was trimmed to three points after their draw and Manchester United’s thumping 5-1 win away to Newcastle.

Theo Walcott’s double looked to have enabled Arsenal to overcome the sickening injury to Eduardo after just three minutes.

But McFadden, who had given the home side a half-time lead, levelled from the spot after left-back Gael Clichy was adjudged to have brought down Stuart Parnaby.

Immediately after the match, Wenger was livid about Taylor’s challenge. The tackle was horrendous and I think this guy should never play football again. He has got nothing to do on a football pitch, he said.

I’ve seen some bad tackles but they’re not always punished with broken legs. You only need to kill one person one time. You cannot accept that on a football pitch.

I feel the idea that to stop Arsenal you have to kick them has been going around for a long time. I knew it was coming.

Eduardo had an operation on Saturday evening and Wenger revealed. The season is over for him, maybe more than the season, the injury is very bad.

It was a massive shock for the team. Eduardo is a fantastic guy and for the players to see him in such pain and to see his leg in such a shape had an effect.

On Saturday night, Birmingham issued a statement defending their player.

The club are saddened that such a fantastic game of football has been marred by a serious injury sustained to Arsenal player Eduardo, they said.

But Martin Taylor is adamant there was no malicious intent in the tackle and he is deeply upset by the extent of Eduardo’s injury.

Having reviewed the incident, this (no malicious intent) is clearly the case. The club and Martin Taylor would like to send their very best wishes to the player for a speedy recovery. E-mail to a friend

Wenger retracts comments about Taylor – found here.


February 24, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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