Taylor’s Tacke Not Much Different Than De Jong’s On Ben Arfa


There were no complaints from Alan Pardew for the sending off of Ryan Taylor in the second half on Saturday, but that could have cost Newcastle a valuable 2 points.

Ryan Taylor – after being sent off

Referee Chris Foy didn’t seem to have much hesitation in showing Ryan the red card, and that was Chris’  first red card of the season in the Premier League, and hard luck on Ryan, who had only returned from his bad ankle injury.

But the good news for Ryan is he looked a very good player in the first half and put in some excellent crosses  from free kicks and corners, and we think he’ll get more playing time under Alan Pardew,  than he did when Chris was here managing the Magpies.

It seemed that  Alan was pleased again with the gutsy performance of his troops after the game, and agreed with Foy’s decision.

This is what Alan said:

“Go back 10 years and the boy ain’t getting sent off – he might not even get a booking.””

“I think there is a directive on two-footed challenges off the ground,” “They call it ‘launched’ and I am not arguing against the red card. I think in the speed of play you have to send him off. But when you look on the replay it doesn’t look that bad.”

“Whether it is a good or bad thing it is probably the right way to go with the players we have in the world now, and how important they are to the TV and entertainment of the game and their clubs. We need those players, so perhaps it is the right thing.”

Owen Coyle  seemed to be full of compliments for both sides, as both teams went out to attack and win the game from the off, and that first half was end to end stuff, and Newcastle should have certainly scored more than the single goal.

But the game was yet another exciting encounter at St. James’ Park, in front of a decent 48,062 crowd.

After the game Owen Coyle, who is proving himself an excellent manager for Bolton, said:

“The thing we all crave is consistency,” “If a red card is given for a certain offense, it has to be given every week and not because one is as bad as another one. I am a great believer in trying to keep 11 v 11 on the pitch. I just want the best team to win on any given day.”

“But if something is naughty or endangering players, in the big scheme of things it only takes one of those challenges to hurt someone seriously and we certainly do not want that. We have to try and stamp out anything reckless or dangerous.”

Owen is right, but just how was Ryan’s tackle any different from the one that Manchester City’s Nigel De Jong made on Ben Arfa, which broke the Frenchman’s leg in two places, at Eastlands in early October?

I bet if you showed the two tackles one after the other,  not many people (referees included) who didn’t previously know the outcome, would know which one got a sending off, and which one didn’t even get a yellow card, even though it broke the other players’ leg in two places.

But we suppose that’s what Owen is referring to – consistency.

Comments welcome.



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8 comments so far

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #1

    was nothing like de jongs scissor tackle?

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  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Feb 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    ryan taylor jump off the ground with both feet.

    de jong’s tackle was totally different, put one leg behind hatem and brought his knee through the tackle. deliberately to break hatems leg.

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  • supervil

    Feb 28, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #3

    Howay son, chill oot. I highly doubt that De Jong DELIBERATELY tried to break Ben Arfa’s leg.

    Rough, shocking, mistimed, ill-judged, cr@p, aggressive, vicious, dangerous, even malicious? Yes. Of course he should’ve been sent off for it.

    He didn’t deliberately try to break his leg though.

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  • G

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #4

    I still say if it was a Bolton player doing that to one of ours we would be out for blood. No need.

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  • boater

    Feb 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Taylor’s was a red card. Pardew agrees, Coyle agrees, most fans with half a brain agree.

    De Jong was/is a thug and it was a reckless tackle to break benny’s peg – the football world agrees, the national Dutch football set up agrees.

    Sorted. Move on.

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  • Thump

    Feb 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Agreed with everything so far. He deserved the red card, it’s that simple.

    Good words by Owen Coyle, I must admit.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    QUESTION???
    What about ROONEY`S challenge?
    Didn`t Willo get a 3 match ban for less?
    Disgraceful letting him off and lets seee next weekend when someting similar happens.
    Consistency my arse

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #8

    TAYLOR’S TACKLE WAS INNOCENT

    DE’JONGS WAS MEANT TO MAIM AND PUT BEN ARFA OUT OF THE GAME

    THAT WAS DE’JONG’S 3RD BROKEN LEG INFLICTED ON AN INNOCENT PLAYER IN A YEAR

    HE KNOWS HOW TO DO IT ,HE KNOWS WHAT HE’S DOING

    BRIAN KIDD WENT RIGHT DOWN IN MY ESTIMATION WITH HIS COMMENTS AFTER THAT GAME

    AND MANCINI INSTRUCTED DE’JONG TO GO OUT AND STOP/MAIM BEN ARFA

    TAKE ME TO COURT CITY ..YOU EVIL NASTY BAST**DS.

    BAD HEADLINE ED.

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