Wenger's hasty reaction to Eduardo tackle provoked death threats, says Taylor

Last updated at 12:33 29 February 2008

Martin Taylor believes Arsene Wenger's hasty reaction to Eduardo's horrific injury contributed to the stinging criticism he has received.

Birmingham defender Taylor broke the Arsenal

striker's leg in a challenge early in last weekend's

game and received a red card.

After the match, Arsenal boss Wenger called for

Taylor to be banned for life, but he later withdrew

the comments, saying they were made in the

heat of the moment. Although figures within the

game were quick to back him, Taylor, who said he

was relieved that Wenger had retracted his words,

received death threats.

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What have I done? Taylor realises the damage his tackle has caused

In his first interview since the incident, Taylor

said: “Personally it [Wenger's words] hasn't

changed my view because I know it was an accident.

But it has affected the way people react to


"Arsene Wenger is one of the most highly

regarded managers in the game and people listen

to what he says. They look at it in a different light

because someone who is so learned has said

something like that.”

Theo Walcott, who scored twice in the 2-2 draw

at St Andrew's, said: “It was a quiet ride home from

Birmingham and of course Eduardo has been on

our minds. A couple of lads went to see him yesterday

and reported back to the rest of us.

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