Birmingham chief snaps back at Arsenal midfielder

We reported yesterday that Cesc Fabregas is unhappy with the fact that Martin Taylor will only serve a three-match ban, while team-mate Eduardo sits on the sidelines for months on end. Sky Sports now report that Birmingham owner David Gold is far from happy with the comments made by the Arsenal midfielder, continuing to fuel the debate over the defender’s challenge.

He said: “Fabregas has got this wrong and I will stand by Martin through thick and thin over this. It may be his opinion but I would ask him to listen to the majority of voices who have been, in the main, supportive of Taylor.

“It wasn’t a malicious tackle, Martin is incapable of such vengeance. Look at the body language.

“Why is Fabregas still talking about this three weeks after the event? I don’t deny that Martin has to take responsibility but he (Fabregas) is talking about there being intent.

“Is he saying he thinks Martin went into the tackle to deliberately hurt Eduardo? If he is then it’s outrageous and it does the player, his football club and football no favours at all.

“This could have happened to anybody and let’s hope Fabregas is not involved in something similar one day where he accidentally injures a player.

“It’s time to get off Martin’s back and that includes Fabregas and people like Sepp Blatter. They don’t know Martin Taylor. I do and I know it was an out-and-out accident with absolutely no meanness of spirit – but he is being demonised.

“This is an ill-informed judgment by Fabregas and it does not stand up because it is ‘guess-timation’ on his part.”

It’s been claimed in some quarters that the Spaniard was asked repeatedly for a comment regarding the Taylor challenge and so perhaps there’s been an over-reaction on Gold’s part to try and defend his player. The incident certainly appears to have had a negative impact on Arsenal’s season since, with their lead at the top of the Premier League no more.

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