… To prevent anything like the Taylor tackle to ever happen again. It would be impossible to keep a 100% record, of that I acknowledge, but what people seem to miss about the recent Taylor incident is that a tackle like that should not have happened in the first place.
Taylor was about a foot above the ball. That tackle was designed to hurt. Not injure, but to play the Blackburn way and try and bully our players.
He was not 2 inches above the ball, not 6 inches, but a foot. Taylor is not that bad a player. If you’ve played football, you know that you don’t go that high unless you want to hurt.
He didn’t want to get Eduardo injured, just trying to make a point and in doing so put the career of a fellow professional at risk.
Also, if the F.A don’t extend the ban, then they are officially a disgrace. A message has to be sent, that these sort of tackles will not be tolerated. Eboue got red carded against United and both him and Taylor will serve a three game ban. Are both their crimes identical?
I get what people mean about previous tackles being allowed, but you can’t change the past. Because others have gotten away with it due to the FA’s incompetence, doesn’t mean they should in the future.
Which is exactly why a precedent has to be set, to prevent something like this happening in the future.Furthermore, I think it’s cowardly of Taylor to not come out and make a public statement or apology. Yes, I know, McCleish has apologized and said it was unintentional but it just sounds like PR to me. Taylor should come out, personally, and make a statement if he wants to clear his name. Shouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t intentional, should it? However, Taylor apparently went to visit Dudu in the hospital, so if true, then fair play, there are some who would not have bothered.
Point is, that sort of tackle should not be made in the first place. It was two footed, studs up on to Dudu’s shin. Football is meant to be a physical game but a line has to be drawn somewhere. Intentional or not.
You could see Dudu’s bones sticking out. No matter how quick Dudu was, it wouldn’t have caused that much damage without recklessness of some extent on Taylor’s sides. Just watch the slow mo videos or pictures. You’ll see that it was a studs up challenge, a foot above the ball. Hardly legal?
It’s something the F.A need to sort out, or we’ll be seeing more of this in the future.
The ref did his job in carding the player, but the F.A is going to fuck up. They will not do anything to extend the ban and something similar will happen in the near future….
If the F.A decide to grow some balls, take some action and send a message then fair play to them, I’ll take back what I said.
It’s easy to miss the point I’m trying to make, that a tackle like that should not have been made in the first place.
I do not want Taylor’s head, nor do I want him banned for life. That would serve little purpose.
What I’m saying is, that I can see this happening again in the future and that means the careers of other players at risk.
It was a disgraceful tackle, intentional or not. It was a foot from the ball, two footed and with studs up. You only make that kind of tackle if:
A) You’re a shite tackler
B) You want to hurt someone
We don’t need any of those in the EPL, and it’s a matter the F.A need to investigate. If it means forcing clubs to spend more time practicing the art of defending, or giving harsh bans for people who make those kinds of tackles, then so be it.
I am all for a bit of physical play. You need that sometimes, and shit does happen but there is a line and the majority of B’rum’s players crossed it last night.
It was a studs up tackle and a foot above the ball? There is an art to defending, and defending was not what Taylor did last night.
You might get away with a yellow card for doing it on a school pitch. Seeing something as pathetic and shite as that is not what you come to expect from the EPL.
Tell me, Eboue has got a three match ban because of his antics at OT. Taylor has got a three match ban because he has taken a player out for a year. Fair?
Eboue’s antics had more to do with intent, but it wouldn’t have put a players career at risk. His punishment fits the crime, whereas if Taylor doesn’t get an extended ban it will be a disgrace…
If you watch the video again, you’d see that the tackle was made a foot above the ball. No amount of skill or speed on Dudu’s part would’ve changed that and he would’ve been hurt badly regardless.
Yes, some people are overreacting but others are treating this as a light matter.
There are very few people who are not treating the injury at the level it should, I acknowledge and am grateful for that.
But that’s not what I’m arguing for. What I am arguing for, is that Taylor should be punished to prevent this from happening again and a lot of people seem to think that because worse things have happened in the past, Taylor should not be punished.
Say a man kills another man out of hatred, but manges to get away with it. You would still punish another man, who got drunk and in a stupid and reckless move accidentally killed someone.
Yes, Taylor’s move was stupid and reckless but he wasn’t forced by anyone to do it but did it anyway.
He has possibly ended the career of a fellow professional due to his recklessness and we don’t need that happening again.
It often takes incidents like this for people to sit up and take notice. This is the consequence of not punishing the likes of Mikel and Ballack in the past. If we don’t do something about it now, it will happen again in the future.
If it was Gerrard or Rooney or Terry that had been injured, the media, country and FA would be in an uproar and bans would be handed out without second thought.
Now, a question to United fans. Wanyne Rooney, the 21 year old on whom you spent 27m on, has just hit a fine run of form and is out for the rest of the season, and the majority of the next season, leaving you with two fit strikers. He is out because of another professional tackling like a 10 year old. What would your reaction be?
If Dudu had not gotten injured then every body would’ve said “he was unlucky not to get injured due to that tackle”. People have been saying that all season and it was only a matter of time before someone got injured.
To hit a player with a force to damage him that badly, is not just mis timed. It was a reckless tackle.
Like I said, I don’t think Taylor had any intent of injuring Dudu, it was just a stupid, reckless tackle. I can’t believe that the media is still going on about AW’s comments when he’s retracted them….. What we should be discussing, is how to prevent this happening in the future.