Date: 6th October 2007 at 12:27pm
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How often do you see a player booked that is not even on the pitch? Well Matty Taylor managed to achieve this is in ‘that match’ with Reading last weekend.

There were a few theories on why he was booked, but now Taylor, who actually writes a column for setanta sports – you learn something new everyday! – has revealed all to them: ‘I happened to be stood next to the linesman as he gave a throw-in to Reading, even though in my eyes it blatantly came off their player. I was right next to it and from that throw they got the penalty’.

So his booking was as a result of the penalty award, which we all thought, but was because he felt that the penalty came about as a result of a throw-in that should have been ours anyway. If this ever comes up as a trivia quiz, at least now we know the answer!

Actually, thinking back though something more bizarre that I do now remember is seeing Claudio Caniggia being sent off for Argentina in the 2002 world cup – he was on the bench too, but even more bizarrely I do not even think he was in the selected matchday squad?

Reading Taylor’s column though I was very impressed with his attitude to not playing.

Too many players only think about themselves, but he understands why he is not playing and knows what he has to do if/when he gets a chance, which is to make the most of it when it does arise, but he does not want this to come at anyone else’s misfortune – by them picking up an injury for example.

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