Bridge and Terry snubbed our help to make peace, reveals PFA chief Taylor

25 February 2010 04:54
Players' chief Gordon Taylor has revealed how efforts to make peace between John Terry and Wayne Bridge failed when neither man volunteered to take part in mediation.[LNB] Taylor was 'surprised and saddened' following Bridge's decision to rule himself out of England contention and give up his World Cup chance.[LNB] Happier times: John Terry (left) and Wayne Bridge in England training in 2006[LNB] Taylor had initially been in the dark about Bridge's plan to make himself unavailable for Fabio Capello's England side, which was revealed via a statement from lawyers representing the Manchester City left-back.   [LNB]However he later stressed the Professional Footballers' Association had done all they could to heal the rift between the former Chelsea team-mates, which has developed following allegations that England captain Terry had an affair with Bridge's former girlfriend and mother of his child.   [LNB]PFA chief executive Taylor said: 'The PFA offered to help and contactedboth parties with a view to acting as mediators, but neither came backto us. I am surprised and saddened that this matter could not beresolved.'[LNB]No luck: Gordon Taylor[LNB]Bridge said in his statement that his position in the England set-up was 'untenable and potentially divisive'.  [LNB] He and Terry are set to go head to head on Saturday, when Chelsea face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the Barclays Premier League.[LNB]Taylor reflected that Bridge's decision to put his international career on hold was a decision which deserved to be respected.   [LNB]Taylor told the PFA's website: 'You have to respect Wayne's decision, and his wishes, but it is sad that it has come to this. I would have hoped that things could have been patched up for the sake of the professional careers of both Wayne and John Terry, as well as the England team.'[LNB] Bridge calls time on England as full-back fears 'divisive' Terry reunionBridge controversy will not wreck England's World Cup bid, says FA chief EXCLUSIVE: Bridge to snub Terry gesture in Chelsea's Man City clashCHELSEA FC

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