It’s a day later and I’ve had time to think about things, but the fact is I’m still seething. Actually probably more so than I was yesterday – what a total disgrace.
When I wrote the match report yesteday I was caught up in the game but by now I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures.
Don’t make any bones about this – the “challenge” by Martin Taylor on Eduardo was shocking, reckless and despite what the f*ckwit says intended to harm. You do not go for the ball with your studs up THAT HIGH on a player without the thought of causing that person pain. I’ve seen the photographs taken of the incident and to call them horrifying would be an understatement. Taylors studs are high and right up the shin at the point of contact.
And I’m sorry, but you can’t just say it was an accident.
Because there are thousands of football matches being played around the world and how many broken legs are suffered? When was the last time a Premiership player broke his leg in a challenge like that? For me, the excuse that it was an accident doesn’t hold up. If it was an innocuous tackle then wouldn’t you get broken legs every week?
His feet are high off the ground. How hard is that to understand?
Alex McLeish came to defence of his player saying that Martin Taylor wouldn’t intentionally hurt anyone. Unfortunately the images suggest otherwise.
And that brings me to another point.
The attitude and stand point of Sky Sports was one that riled me as well.
They took the decision not to show the replay of the “tackle” which on the surface seems a compassionate one, but the fact of the matter it hides the fact it was such a bad tackle. They claim to protect the viewer but all they are doing is protecting Martin Taylor, because they are concealing the true nature of the challenge.
We live in a world of such media coverage that there’s no way you can hide anything these days. Why not show the horrific challenge? People will see it anyway online or wherever. If you ask me they brushed the whole issue under the f*cking carpet.
See no evil, hear no evil.
Credit to the BBC though on Match of the Day – they didn’t shirk showing the replay of the incident.
But the sad fact is that because Eduardo isn’t English nobody cares, and people will forget all about it in a couple of weeks. Whereas if Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen or Steven Gerrard suffered that injury then whoever committed the tackle would be public enemy number one! We wouldn’t hear the end of it – we would have ‘Rooney-watch’ or something stupid like that checking up on the daily progress of his recovery.
I made this exact point 2 seasons ago when Dan Smith of Sunderland broke Abou Diaby’s ankle in another horror tackle.
And I’d be surprised if anything actually happened to Martin Taylor. So called ‘experts’ are already justifying the tackle, and making excuses for him. Would they say the same if that tackle took out Rooney?
I doubt it.
Martin Taylor should be punished for what he did because you just can’t do that. But because it was only against Eduardo I’d be shocked if anything actually happened.
The foreign players have contributed to making the Premier League what it is today, yet when it comes to attitudes towards them it’s a complete shambles. We blame them for our sh*te national team, exits from major tournaments (a la Ronaldo at the World Cup) and who cares if one of them breaks their legs eh?
I’m not into protecting Taylor so here are a few links to photographs of the challenge and you can decide for yourself how bad it was:
Warning: Could Contain Images Some Find Disturbing.
If that’s not a possible career ending injury then I don’t know what is.
It’s hard for me not to get emotional about it and when you see the reactions of the Arsenal players when it happened – you cannot help not get disturbed by it. Of course, you don’t want something like this to happen to any player but it’s so much harder to take when it’s Eduardo – a true professional who gets on with his job, never offends anyone and always gives everything to his team and his team-mates. He is also a player full of outstanding potential and it hurts to know that this incident could be career-threatening or leave permanent damage for the rest of his life.
And it’s even more upsetting when you think it’s his birthday tomorrow.
The latest news on Eduardo is that he underwent surgery yesterday and is currently resting.
My thoughts and prayers are with Eduardo and I hope he makes a swift and steady recovery, and I would like to thank him for the contribution he has made to the team this season.