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Sunday, March 9, 2008
FIFA president Sepp Blatter requests disciplinary file on defender who broke Eduardo's leg

Associated Press

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- FIFA president Sepp Blatter will launch his own investigation into the defender who left Arsenal striker Eduardo with a badly broken leg.

Blatter, who has decried "violent attacks" on soccer fields, will request the disciplinary file from the English Football Association on Birmingham's Martin Taylor, whose tackle last month sparked outrage.

Eduardo will miss the June 7-28 European Championship. Arsenal has said the Croatia striker may be able to run within six months and play within nine after fracturing his left fibula and dislocating his ankle.

Taylor got a red card for the tackle and a three-match ban.

"I told the International Board that a player who is deliberately attacking another player and tries to demolish a player should be banned, and not only for three matches but temporarily banned or a life ban depending on the severity of the attack," Blatter said Sunday at the annual meeting of FIFA's International Football Association Board. "Why the hell should footballers demolish each other?"

The issue will be explored in May at the FIFA Congress in Sydney, Australia.

In another matter, Blatter said artificial turf is the future of soccer.

"This is not only a point to make headlines, it is the truth," Blatter said. "Football on artificial turf is the future."

Matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa could be played on synthetic pitches, according to Blatter. He made a similar suggestion last month.