Gold disgust at threat 'cowards'
Birmingham chairman David Gold has labelled people making death threats to Martin Taylor as 'cowards'.
Last Updated: 02/03/08 5:38pm
Birmingham chairman David Gold is keen to protect Martin Taylor and has labelled people making death threats to the defender as 'cowards'.
Taylor received a straight red card after only two minutes of the 2-2 draw between Birmingham and Arsenal at St Andrews last weekend after a mis-timed challenge on Gunners striker Eduardo da Silva.
The challenge has left Eduardo facing nine months on the sidelines with a broken leg and dislocated ankle and Taylor has since received death threats.
Gold, though, has urged Taylor to ignore the threats after he went through a similar experience.
"When I received threats, it was from an organisation who hated me on the Monday and still hated me on the Tuesday because I was Jewish," said Gold.
"What Martin is going through isn't quite the same. He is getting messages from individuals angry about one particular incident.
"But it is nevertheless worrying and I would consider it as a form of terrorism. The morons who leave such messages are causing terror to someone.
"I would offer Martin some words of comfort in that history shows these people are cowards. What's happening here is that people are accessing the internet, leaving vile remarks but not their names.
"The chances are they won't ever be tracked down as the internet is so impersonal. Martin has to realise these people cannot be allowed to change his life."
And while Gold believes Taylor must 'dismiss' the threats, he insists the 28-year-old must take care.
"I would dismiss them because they are having their say from a safe distance and aren't revealing themselves," Gold added. "But that is not to say he must not be vigilant.
"Whenever I was threatened, through phone calls or messages pushed through my door, I took extra care."