Fifa make new Taylor request
Fifa have urged the FA to 'reconsider' the decision not to increase Martin Taylor's ban.
Last Updated: 20/03/08 12:40pm
Fifa have urged the Football Association to 'reconsider' the decision not to increase Martin Taylor's ban for his challenge on Eduardo da Silva.
Birmingham City defender Taylor has completed a three-match suspension for the tackle which left Arsenal striker Eduardo facing at least nine months on the sidelines with a broken leg and dislocated ankle.
But Fifa president Sepp Blatter recently criticised Taylor and intimated that a suitable punishment would be for a player to serve a suspension commensurate to the length of the injured player's absence.
Following calls from Fifa to up Taylor's ban, the FA responded by saying it would be a 'dangerous precedent to set' and that it would be unable to prove there was any intent in the challenge.
The FA also asked for a meeting with Fifa to discuss the matter, although no date has been fixed for a get-together.
Having reviewed the situation, Fifa have sent a letter back to the FA requesting that they 'once again review the incident in detail and reconsider the situation'.
Taylor has apologised for his tackle on Eduardo and has received the backing of his Birmingham team-mates.