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Stick Your English Grit Up Your Ar*e

Stick Your English Grit Up Your Ar*e

Nobody knows if Martin Taylor intended to go over the top and plough straight into the shin of the Crozillian striker, and unless Eduardo called Taylor a name prior to the incident and then the Brum defender goes on to write a book, then nobody will ever know.

But malicious or not, it still doesn't excuse this awful tackle.

Whilst Taylor may be feeling bad this morning (not as bad as Eduardo I can assure you) the fact of the matter is, that this whole situation was Martin Taylor's doing, it was completely avoidable and he should be held accountable. As Arseblogger quite rightly stated in today's edition of Arseblog, surely there is something wrong in the system when a petulant slap from former Gooner, Jeremie Alliadiere on Liverpool's Mascherano (who got away with the self same act might I add) warrants the same length of ban as a despicable tackle that could ultimately cost a man his extremely promising career.

As Tim pointed out earlier in the day, this Premier League season has been plagued with two footed tackles, indeed, our own Denilson was culpable of such a cowardly act earlier this season, and was rightly chastised by Arsenal fans. However, it was always likely that it was going to take such a horrible injury as Eduardo's before people started to pay attention, and even now that's still not happening.

Every pundit in the land seeks to take the moral high ground when such a dangerous tackle is made, demanding that these reckless & despicable challenges be ousted from our game, yet when someone actually connects with one of these flying lunges and causes serious injury to players like Eduardo, Jimmy Bullard or Abou Diaby, the self same pundits jumps to the defence of the culprits claiming 'they're not that type of player' or 'it was clumsy rather than anything else'.


After a good nights sleep, I'd be fairly certain that Martin Taylor never leapt into that tackle hoping to get the outcome he got, but I'd be willing to wage a pound or two that the words of his manager's pre-match talk were still ringing in his ears telling him to get stuck into the Arsenal players, rough them up a bit a knock them out of their stride. Did he mean to shatter the ankle of Eduardo? no. Was it his intention to, in the words of Sam Allardyce, get amongst them? Most certainly so.

Those of you who disagree have to wonder how much force and effort you have to put into a tackle for such an injury to occur.

We spoke, at length, a year or two ago about football teams playing 'anti-football', the act of stopping teams from playing football by enforcing negative tactics in the hoping of securing a draw or even the possibility of snatching three points with a break-a-way goal. While the use of such tactics resulted in ugly, frustrating and boring football matches, it could be understood from the perspective of the smaller teams to whom which every point was vital, but the practise of 'anti-football' has now manifested itself and has a much more dark and sinister side.

Kicking players to knock them out of their stride is unacceptable, it goes against the spirit of the game and, as was proved yesterday, can be dangerous to not only players limbs, but also their livelihood.

So to all those people who accuse Arsene and Arsenal of whinging about not liking it rough, if this is what you call true English grit.........then you can stick it up your arse..

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Date:Sunday February 24 2008
Time: 2:35PM


Well said. However no matter how you look at it, the challenge was deliberate & his intention was to hurt Eduardo. You're probably 100% correct that he wanted to show Eduardo he wasn't going to have an easy afternoon etc, but by carrying through that challenge he HAS RUINED a guys career. Even if Eduardo is lucky enough to get back to football (which is seriously doubtful), he will never ever be the same player again, you can gurantee that. What I find amazing is that he hasn't even apologised publicly, he is nothing more than a coward & he doesn't deserve such a rewarding career. As for that no mark Kelly to come out today stating it shouldn't have even been a sending off & that Taylor slide in one footed keeping it on the ground the whole time is just a complete disgrace!!
Ashburton Gooner
24/02/2008 14:48:00
I've just posted a similar comment on the forum AG. Kelly remarks that his slides across the ground, when the pictures show quite clearly there is no substantial weight from Taylor on the grass. Indeed such is the force of the challenge Taylor flies into the air after making contact.
24/02/2008 14:53:00
In my opinion, the punishment should be that Taylor is banned until Eduardo has recovered and is playing again, it's messed up, Adriano was recently considered for a 500+ day ban for head butting someone!
24/02/2008 14:55:00
You're right, something has to be changed, and fast. But knowing the FA, nothing is likely to change, until of course someone's career is really ended by a bad tackle, but then it'll be too late.
Blu Soulja
24/02/2008 15:00:00
players should know better, when attempting to tackle, esp outside the box, don't go over the top.
24/02/2008 15:01:00
What you have to remember here guys is, yes it was terrible tackle, but if eduardo's foot hadn't planted on the floor he would not of broken his leg. There's always mistimed challenges in games, often as bad as taylors, but if your foot isn't on the floor you won't break your leg and are unlikely to pick up any kind of injury. Talk of taylor to be banned until eduardo is fit etc is ridiculas, if you make an example of him, then you have to be consistent and ban anyone who mistimes a challenge and injures someone for the same time, we'd end up with no players left in the league. Players are bound to mistime challenges, sadly this time it was a bad one.
24/02/2008 15:01:00
What football here fails to understand is how much it will benefit from taking the reckless violence out of the game. Players will have to learn to tackle properly and at the right time. Flair players, which England is as capable of producing as any other nation, will be allowed to develop as opposed to the muscular thugs which we seem to have convinced ourselves are all we are good at producing. Yet we persist in this Luddite belief that football will become a non contact sport if we ban reckless challenges. Having scanned a fair amount of the media this morning it doesn't look as though this is a lesson likely to be learned anytime soon. You are still more likely to be scorned for being soft than feted for your artistry.
24/02/2008 15:03:00
So what are you suggesting Mike, that Eduardo was at fault for having his foot on the floor? The he needs to learn to run with both feet off the floor at the same time? At the end of the day, nobody should mistime a tackle to such an extent that he causes someones leg to break, and if they do. then they obviously aren't good enough to play at this level.
24/02/2008 15:08:00
And also what you have to remember Mike, and more importantly, that if taylors studs hasnt been off the floor, Eduardo would have been given the chance of walking off the field at the end of the game.
24/02/2008 15:09:00
To pass it off as just a mistimed challenge isn't good enough. This covers a multitude of sins. This piece from the Poll article spells out what should be happening. "The UEFA guidelines are clear and specific and are reinforced to referees twice a year. They remind referees that they need to take into consideration: The element of intent or malice. The speed of the player's action — the intensity of the challenge. The tackler's chance of playing the ball. The tackler endangering the safety of the opponent. It is the final point which is stressed as there is a need to eliminate challenges where a player gives no consideration to the safety of an opponent. A player who commits himself to a challenge, who is unable to pull out of it, out of control and does so at speed, has no thought for the possible consequences and safety of his 'victim'. " It is this thought that we have to impress in players minds - can I control this tackle sufficiently to minimise risk to the other player. At present this doesn't even occur to players at far too many clubs. We have to put this into players minds - even if lengthy bans are what it takes to drive the message home.
24/02/2008 15:11:00
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