Taylor calls for end to row

QPR manager Warnock likened Blackburn forward Diouf to a “sewer

rat” after accusing the player of taunting his injured forward

Jamie Mackie during the sides’ FA Cup third-round meeting last

weekend. The Senegalese striker hit back on Thursday, insisting he

had nothing to apologise for and that Warnock’s opinion meant

nothing to him. Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional

Footballers Association, tried to bring an end to the war of words

as he told Sky Sports News: “(Sewer rat) was a very unfortunate

turn of phrase and that’s the only problem. Unless there is some

measure of control and responsibility, one attack then invites a

response and then of course the whole thing can blow up.” Asked if

he had any sympathy for Diouf, Taylor added: “Sometimes it takes

all sorts. I’ve talked about the football family and our

membership, as you know throughout the ages there have been

different players who court trouble, there are different players

who are great role models but ultimately everybody is responsible

for their own actions. “We have just got to try and make sure that

everybody appreciates they are lucky to be in the game. That means

a respect for the game, for your fellow professionals and those you

are playing against.” Warnock was furious with Diouf after last

Saturday’s game at Ewood Park, saying: “For many years I have

thought he was the gutter type – I was going to call him a sewer

rat but that might be insulting to sewer rats.” Diouf told Sky

Sports in response on Thursday night: “I am very sorry for the lad

to have broken his leg, the QPR player (Mackie). “But what Warnock

said – I never said that. “I am not disappointed with what Warnock

said – who is Warnock? He is nothing to me. “He is not Alex

Ferguson, he is not Arsene Wenger, he is not Sam Allardyce or an

important manager.”