PFA chief feels for duo
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has written to Eduardo da Silva and Martin Taylor.
Last Updated: 26/02/08 5:01pm
Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has written to Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva and Birmingham defender Martin Taylor after their 'unfortunate' clash at St Andrews.
Taylor was shown a straight red card after just two minutes for a mistimed challenge on Eduardo, which left the Croatian forward with a broken leg and dislocated ankle, in the 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Birmingham on Saturday.
Eduardo is now facing nine months on the sidelines, while Taylor has been left 'mentally shattered' by the incident according to Birmingham manager Alex McLeish.
Taylor, though, is confident both players will be able to resurrect their careers following the incident.
"It is a very unfortunate situation. It was one of those footballing things that happens. There have been some other bad injuries in the game" said Taylor.
Strength of character
"But there was immediate recognition that the lad (Taylor) is not a vindictive player, not a nasty player, and does not have a reputation for making poor challenges. In fact he is sometimes accused of being 'a gentle giant'.
"I have written to Martin and I believe he has the strength of character to overcome this. He has shown remorse and he went to see the lad in hospital. He is a good lad and I know how badly he feels about it.
"The incident happened so quickly. It was one of those things. It happened early on in the game and Martin was late but, like I said, he is not a nasty player and wouldn't inflict an injury like that deliberately.
"I have also written to Eduardo and it is a tragedy for him, his club and his country and he is going to miss out on playing in the Euro 2008 finals.
"The signs seem to be good that he will make a full recovery and you hope that is the case and he returns to full fitness and that Martin also comes through this. You feel sorry for both parties."