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Last Updated: Monday, 10 March 2008, 19:01 GMT
McLeish angry at Blatter comments
Alex McLeish and Sepp Blatter
McLeish was incensed by Blatter's remarks about Martin Taylor
Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has criticised Fifa president Sepp Blatter's decision to investigate Martin Taylor's tackle on Eduardo.

Blatter wants to examine the Blues defender's leg-breaking challenge on the Arsenal striker and could try to extend his three-match suspension.

McLeish said: "Why is he (Blatter) talking about it?

"For me, there could be a hidden agenda here and he is having a go at the English game for being too robust."

Eduardo suffered a double compound fracture of his left leg and will miss the rest of the season as well as Croatia's Euro 2008 campaign.

The striker has since stated that he believed Taylor's tackle was an accident but Blatter was more critical in his response.

Could there be a further suspension? Sepp Blatter could go to court with that one and he would fail 100%.

Alex McLeish

Blatter said last week: "It is shocking when you see how this player was attacked, it's not football."

McLeish has previously defended Taylor and does not think Blatter should get involved.

The former Scotland manager added: "Could there be a further suspension? Sepp Blatter could go to court with that one and he would fail 100%. Fifa have no jurisdiction over this.

"People keep making statements about this tackle and Blatter has opened it up again. It is disappointing but no-one can take Sepp to task. He is the top man."

"He is in a job just now where if he were to look at every tackle every week in every European game, he would be out of a job because he would have to ban everyone.


"We wouldn't have any football and Sepp would have to do something else. It is disappointing a man of that standing is saying things like he is. He is in the game because of football and teams and the way it is. For him to say that is poor for a man of his stature.

"When I heard his comments I was flabbergasted. Sepp has probably seen the extent of Eduardo's injury and some of the pictures in the papers and he has been horrified because of that.

"The people who know the game know it wasn't a malicious tackle, simple as that."

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