Burley - Tackle not malicious

Scotland boss wishes Eduardo well

Burley: Taylor defence

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Scotland manager George Burley does not believe Martin Taylor's challenge on Eduardo was 'premeditated'.

Birmingham defender Taylor received a red card in the opening minutes of Saturday's encounter with Arsenal after a sliding tackle on Eduardo.

The Croatia international suffered an horrific broken leg during the challenge and is now facing a lengthy period on the sidelines.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger claimed Taylor should never be allowed to play football again only to later retract his comments.

And Burley, whose first match in charge of Scotland is a friendly against Croatia, has defended Taylor, labelling the injury as an 'unfortunate incident'.

"I was watching the television when it happened and it didn't look bad," he told Sky Sports News.


"But it happened so quickly, and I think that was the problem.

"When Arsenal or top class teams play against opposition they move the ball so quickly so if you go for a tackle and mistime it, sometimes it can have a bad effect. And unfortunately that was the case.

"The key is for everybody to hope that Eduardo gets back to full fitness again.

"Personally, I don't think it was a malicious or premeditated tackle. It was just an unfortunate incident."