Date:Friday January 26 2007
The response to the broken leg of Robbie Savage; or lack of has angered Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes.
A challenge involving Watford's Al Bangoura resulted in Savage sustaining a broken leg that will see him miss the remainder of the season. Hughes thinks that it is a case of "oh well its only Savage…never mind!" and the whole thing has been swept under the carpet, he said:
"At the time I didn't comment on it because I hadn't seen the incident but a number of people suggested I should have another look.
"The more and more I have looked at it the more I have been disappointed with the challenge and the coverage of it.
"For whatever reason it has been swept under the table. The referee didn't give a free-kick at the time, for whatever reason he didn't see it - one of a number of things he didn't see on the night.
Sparky had A LOT to say! He continued with:
"But if Robbie Savage committed a foul like that I'm almost certain something else would have come up.
"I am not advocating we should hang people up to dry and castigate them but what seems to happen when Robbie is involved is people try to make out he is the guilty party and that is completely wrong in this instance.
"I thought at the time it was a midfield tackle and two people collided. Having seen it the lad has gone in too high.
"I think it is a dangerous and reckless challenge and Robbie has broken his leg as a consequence.
"I would suggest that if the roles had been reversed there would have been much bigger say in the media regarding the challenge.
"He had an incident in the Arsenal game when Gilberto kicked out and was sent off - and rightly so - and Robbie was as the guilty party because he had goaded him into it.
"It's ridiculous but that is what we have to face. However, it is not going to enable Robbie to play again this season.
"Maybe I am venting my anger somewhat but there is some disappointment in my reaction to it."
Sav is hated but this mainly boils down to the fact that he is a good footballer, not the greatest but what he does he does better than anyone else. He's got the biggest heart you could wish for and this along with his unquestioned commitment and enthusiasm makes up for any lack of footballing quality. He can be rash and wind up people but his tackles never contain any real malice, most are born out of his desire to succeed. How many legs has Sav broken or serious injuries has he caused? Hard to think of any isn't it...
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Date:Friday January 26 2007
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