By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has branded the people who have made death-threats against Martin Taylor as "idiotic".
Reportedly, the Birmingham defender has been targeted after his challenge broke Eduardo's leg at St Andrews last weekend.
Wenger spoke passionately after the game but quickly retracted his comments later that night and, at Friday's press conference, refuted suggestions that his initial words had fanned the flames.
"I am responsible for what I say," he commented. "I came out and retracted what I said. I didn't want to go overboard. I take that responsibility.
"But people who make death threats have to feel responsible for what they do. It is idiotic and not accepted but I do not want to be responsible for that."
He added later: "We are not in a club where hate is part of the culture."
Wenger also revealed why he acted so quickly to change his mind.
"I had a chat with Martin Taylor after the game," said the Frenchman. "Frankly the tackle looked bad. It looked really bad. He told me he didn't do it intentionally, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt and I retracted what I said because I am not 100 per cent sure. Only he knows, so I do not want him to be singled out if he is genuine."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 29 Feb 2008