PFA chief Gordon Taylor has today spoken out about Danny Guthrie’s terrible tackle on Hull City’s Craig Fagan, which has resulted in the Hill City 25 year-old forward sustaining a fracture of his right leg.
Gordon Taylor – PFA Chief can do little to protect Guthrie
Taylor has today warned 21 year-old Guthrie that he can expect little protection from his union, even though the foul appears to be totally out of character for Danny, who has already apologized for the incident, which was right at the end of a frustrating game for the Newcastle players and fans alike.
Guthrie is already facing an automatic three-match ban for the red card, which followed his frantic lunge on Fagan, and the FA have already confirmed they have the power to increase the statutory ban for violent play, after examining video evidence and the referee’s report.
Gordon Taylor issued quite a long assessment of the situation today:
“We have signed up to a disciplinary procedure which can do this but there is only one body who can enforce it and that is the FA.”“These days, respect for referees, opponents and the game itself is a major issue and although it’s fine to try to educate people along those lines there has got to be a deterrent as well.”
“What he (Guthrie) did was clearly not acceptable. I’m not sure what the FA are planning but I think it’s entirely possible they will come up with a charge of bringing the game into disrepute.” “We’ve all seen what happened and you can’t condone it. I accept that it is a high-profile, highly-emotional game and that there are clearly some things going on at Newcastle which probably have an effect on a lot of people.”
“But the image of the game has got to be considered. We know what it means to so many people and how it can be so influential on youngsters watching it on television.” “I’m sure this is completely out of character for Danny Guthrie. He’s done a positive thing now and apologized for his actions and maybe that will help him.”
“But clubs should also play a part in disciplining their players in these matters and the FA could take note of that as well as a proper feeling of remorse.” “But, especially in the current climate with the new Respect program which everybody has said they will back, steps have still got to be taken when things go wrong.”
“After the player (Fagan) and his family, the manager is the next one to suffer because he loses an important player for a period of time. So he’s bound to be upset.” “You can only give out so many clear messages about what is expected from people in the game but there is only one body who can really deal with it when things go wrong and that is the FA.”
It’s a big mistake by the young lad, and he has to learn that he cannot lose control of himself, even in the most difficult of circumstances. But Danny has done right in immediately apologizing to Fagan and his family for the incident, but we still think there’s a good possibility he will indeed get more than a 3 match ban.
What Danny has to do now, is take his punishment, and move on, and remember that he must learn from these incidents, to become both a better player and a better person.