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FIFA On Taylor Ban Mission

FIFA On Taylor Ban Mission

Sepp Blatter & FIFA appear to be on a mission to have Martin Taylor's ban from wrecking Eduardo Da Silva's leg increased.

It's been almost a month since the Crozillian frontman had his leg broken, and whilst Birmingham's attempt to sweep the incident under the carpet has almost succeeded, FIFA have not been fooled.

It has been widely accepted (after an extensive campaign) that Martin Taylor is a nice guy and in no way attempted to injure Eddie, but his tackle was wreckless, and tackles like that need to be ousted from the sport.

After Birmingham claimed Taylor had 'served his time' that FIFA had no rights to ask the FA to increase the ban for his bone breaking tackle, the world footballing organisation have once again ask the FA to review the incident and increase the ban.

Whilst it would be nice to get past this whole nasty episode, it's good to see that FIFA have put their attempts to pull some crazy stunts to one side and are actually pursuing a cause worthy of fighting.

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Date:Thursday March 20 2008
Time: 1:20PM


It is absolutely pathetic. There are far more viscous and pre-meditated acts carried out on the pitch every game, by numerous players. The example of Ashley Cole last night was far more appalling than Martin Taylor's attempted tackle, yet because of unfortunate circumstances Eduardo's leg was broken. It was a freak occurence of events and angles. Taylor was late, but not half as late as a number of tackles in today's game. If the clown Blatter get his way, football will become touch football only. Whilst there is considerable emotion involved in what happened to Eduardo, nobody is trying to sweep anything under the carpet. Taylor got sent off, everyone including Eduardo has accepted that his tackle involved no malice and he has served the prescribed sentance. Half-wits calling for restrospective increases such maybe look at horrific assaults which result only in a yellow card, or no penalty at all, and be calling for such instances to be more effectively dealt with by an appropriate disciplinary panel. Personally, I feel if this idiotic bandwagon is allowed to continue then Martin Taylor should take legal action against these authorities and personally against the individuals concerned for slander and defamation for falsely attempted to suggest that he deliberately sought to injure another player, which anyone with an IQ above 71 can see he did not.
Bran Mak Morn
20/03/2008 13:39:00
and ridiculously the FA have said Cole's yellow card cannot be increased as it doesn't fulfil the parameters of 'violent conduct' as perscribed by FIFA. The excuse is they don't want to re-referee the game so to undermine the authority of the referee. I'm not sure what could undermine their authority more, than permitting this type of challenge. This is what Blatter should look at, when there is absolutely no attempt to play the ball, and indeed, the tackle occurs in a part of the pitch the does not warrant that sort of excessively physical challenge, then the referee should be able to concur that there is a strong element of premeditation. Apparently Hutton had laughed at Cole singing 'I'm a love machine' in the tunnel - maybe he should have responded with Nickelback's 'Never Again' .... which is about wife beating.
Bran Mak Morn
20/03/2008 13:59:00
Should keep their nose out
20/03/2008 14:40:00
their is just no consistentcy in the game thats the problem, and Sepp Blatter don't like the english game and always tries to stick his oar in whenevr he gets the chance. MArtin Taylor's tackle was bad but clumsey and a freak accident the way Eduardos leg had his weight on it, just caught him at the right moment to break a leg, i've seen some ugly ones this season Ferraria on Agbonlahor was nasty, think that was only a yellow but got sent off on it. Should of been a straight red. Think more has to be done to deter these challenges, two footed straight red and 6 games ban just to say it waon't be tolerated
20/03/2008 14:41:00
FIFA should keep their noses out of a footballing matter?? Don't think I've heard anything more ridiculous this year.
20/03/2008 14:46:00
Taylor is probably a soft target for what I think is a neccessary lesson for the game to learn. His tackle wasn't vicious or malicious or pre-meditated but it was a reckless , dangerous, uncontrolled, 'over-the-ball' tackle. If you can't exercise a reasonable degree of control over your tackle you shouldn't make it, It's as simple as that. There is no risk in making the game a non-contact sport by punishing such acts you will just encourage better tackling. If FIFA making a fuss about this tackle has the effect of discouraging players from making them or more importantly referees from allowing them then it will do the game a service whether or not Taylors ban is extended.
20/03/2008 14:54:00
They should allow national associations to increase yellow cards to red ones when nasty challenges are not adequately punished. That would do far more for the game, than pursuing a populist vendetta against what they think is a soft target. Taylor made a bad clumsey tackle, which is not as'over-the-ball' as many seen. At least the ball was present. It is the inability of the associations to retrospectively increase punishments that allow players to think they have a better than evens chance of getting away with it, with the refs not wanting to ruin the spectacle of the game. Wait until the game has finished then ban them.
Bran Mak Morn
20/03/2008 15:13:00
If Taylors tackle wasn't over the ball how on earth did his foot make contact halfway up Eduardos shin? The associations already have the power to retrospectively increase punishments. They did precisely that in regard to Ben Thatchers challenge on Pedro Mendes a while back. The problem is that the English FA and refereeing culture in this country has itself fixed in some mind warp that somehow convinces them the English game will suffer if they aren't allowed to play it physical. It's nonsense and it's an inferiority complex that we should allow ourselves to grow out of. Changing the games cultural attitude towards reckless uncontrolled challenges will go a long way towards achieving just that.
20/03/2008 15:34:00
the only difference with cole and taylor, is that taylor is as strong as a rugby player. And cole is as strong as his wife.
20/03/2008 16:23:00
As nice as it is to see Mr. Blatter caring so much about this tackle and its consequences, I was actually hoping that they'd forget about it and move on. I honestly couldn't care less what happens to Taylor anyway (although serving a longer ban would be nice and pretty much deserved), what's important to me is that Eduardo's recovery is quick and successful. I doubt that - despite Blatter's persistence - the FA are going to do anything about the tackle, anyway. They're too busing arranging 39th games and foreign player limits.
20/03/2008 19:53:00
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