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LMA criticises Danny Murphy's claims on bad tackles

Bobby Zamora suffered a broken leg in a challenge by Karl Henry
Murphy's team-mate Zamora suffered a broken leg against Wolves

The League Managers' Association has hit out at Danny Murphy's claim that certain bosses are partly to blame for a spate of bad tackles this season.

Fulham captain Murphy was critical of the approach taken by the managers of Stoke, Blackburn and Wolves.

"Two of the three clubs mentioned have yet to receive a red card in the league this season," read an LMA statement.

"The accomplishments of the managers mentioned should be applauded rather than publicly judged."

The statement continued: "It is inappropriate for individuals to direct criticism at certain managers who are honest, professional and continue to achieve success on the field with their clubs.

"Professional football managers certainly do not incite their players to go out and cause injury to fellow professionals.

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"Mistimed tackles by fractions of a second will happen and with that will be a potential risk of impact or injury but in no way does it follow that the actions are either deliberate or encouraged."

Murphy, speaking at the recent Leaders in Football conference, was asked about the perceived rash of poor challenges that have occurred in the Premier League this season.

Most notably, Fulham striker Bobby Zamora broke his leg in a tackle by Wolves midfielder Karl Henry and Newcastle forward Hatem Ben Arfa suffered a similar injury after a challenge by Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong.

"Your manager dictates what your players do and how you behave," said Murphy before implicating Stoke manager Tony Pulis, Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy.

"You get managers who are sending their teams out to stop other teams playing, which is happening more and more - the Stokes, Blackburns, Wolves.

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"They can say it's effective and they have got to win games but the fact is the managers are sending out their players so pumped up there is inevitably going to be problems.

"Every ship has a captain and that's the manager who is in charge."

Murphy said there should be tougher sanctions for dangerous tackles - especially for repeat offenders - adding: "The pace in which some players go into tackles now is ridiculous. There's no brains involved in the players who are doing that."

Read full statement on LMA website.



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see also
De Jong 'could face legal action'
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'Bosses to blame' for bad tackles
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Brutality threatens game - Fifa
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Taylor issues bad tackle warning
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Henry apologises for Gomez tackle
05 Oct 10 |  Wolves
Hughes fumes at tackle on Dembele
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Zamora injury unfortunate - Henry
13 Sep 10 |  Wolves
Wenger fumes at Blackburn tactics
03 May 10 |  Premier League


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