McLeish laments Blatter criticism
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has labelled Sepp Blatter's comments with regards Martin Taylor 'poor'.
Last Updated: 10/03/08 5:01pm
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has labelled Sepp Blatter's comments with regards Martin Taylor 'poor', while lamenting the fact Fifa's president cannot be 'brought to task' himself.
Taylor's now infamous tackle on Eduardo da Silva left the Arsenal striker facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines and has occupied acres of column inches as a debate rages as to what constitutes a dangerous tackle.
Eduardo has since accepted Taylor's apologies but on Friday, Blatter reignited the argument by stating his belief that the tackle in question had 'nothing to do with football'.
He also went on to suggest Fifa would have looked to impose a greater suspension; comments which have not sat well with McLeish.
"I did hear Sepp Blatter's comments the other night on Sky and I felt for a guy of his standing it was a poor statement," he told Sky Sports News.
"I also think if he had to study every game across the globe and pull out tackles, he'd have to ban everybody and he'd be out of a job.
"So, I thought it was a poor statement from a guy who is the top man.
"Nobody can bring him to task over it, but for me it was poor.
"I thought the Taylor thing was dead and buried but it seems people want to drag it up. I think the problem is the extent of Eduardo's injury. If it had been a bruised shin or something, nothing more would have been said.
"We've seen far worse tackles since and we will in the coming weeks and months."
Blatter is not the only leading football figure to express concern over the robust nature of the Premier League, with Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz having given Taylor an unwanted name-check following his side's defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday.
Queiroz has since retracted his comments, with McLeish wary that people do not become engrossed in trying to rid English football of what makes it unique.
"Carlos retracted - he was more concerned with people targeting the key Manchester United players and the way the English game is played.
"But that is why English football is revered but there is a lot of people that maybe don't like the ruggedness and the competitive nature of the English Premier League."