Reader Letter: Iwan Roberts' tackling confession 'left me saddened'
PUBLISHED: 11:35 21 September 2019 | UPDATED: 11:43 21 September 2019
In response to the article by Iwan Roberts regarding the ankle injury to Christoph Zimmermann at West Ham on Saturday, August 31 by Sebastian Haller it was a terrible tackle and he should have had a red card, no questions.
That is not the reason for writing this letter. I have known Iwan a long time and like him a lot (partly because I am half Welsh).
His comments regarding going in half a second late at a defender's ankle/foot on purpose and practising this act in training left me saddened.
I played as a centre forward in Norfolk for 18 years for nine different teams.
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I was a strong old fashioned striker who played in the 60s and 70s. I never once attacked defenders and to inflict injury did not enter my mind.
I am much bigger built and stronger than Iwan. I worked on a farm for 20 years loading potatoes by hand.
I know my football was of a lower standard but I played my heart out and would run through a brick wall as I loved the game so much.
Leather ball and no pretending to be hurt after a tackle, I never let defenders know that they had hurt me. Even if I was in agony.
Trevor Milton, Low Road, Hellesdon.
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