Now that everyone has had a couple of days to chew over the tackle that broke Eduardo’s leg the overriding sense of opinion seems to be that it was not a malicious challenge, and Martin Taylor didn’t try to hurt the Croatian international; rather it was one of those “freak” occurrences that happen in football from time to time.
I’m glad to hear that.
Most people would say that Taylor is “not that sort of player” and the player himself is said to have visited Eduardo in hospital on Sunday morning (after first being turned away on Saturday night as the Croatian international was undergoing surgery).
I see PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has had his say. I’m not one of his biggest fans but for once he’s talking a lot of sense here.
Incidentally there is also another good piece on Football365.com by Rob McNichol in his “Referee365” column. He gets a little bit of stick in the comments section but I find his column usually to be a really interesting insight, as it’s often too easy to lambast referees. You can read that here.
So what does this all mean for Norwich City? Well for one we can kiss goodbye to signing “Tiny” in the summer if we even had a chance left of bagging him.
Birmingham have rightly rallied round the defender and I for one would be absolutely amazed if they got rid of him now.
If Alex Pearce repeats his performance from Saturday against Barnsley and Mr Roeder brushes up his powers of persuasion it may not be an issue for us anyway.