FIFA has finally decided not to pursue any further sanctions on Birmingham City defender Martin Taylor following his tackle that broke Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva's leg.
The tackle, which left the Croatian with a compound fracture and dislocated ankle, and facing at least nine months out of the game, received strong condemnation from FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who demanded the FA impose a sentence that would keep Taylor out of the game for as long as Eduardo sidelined.
The FA refused and said any such change to its rules would set a dangerous precedent, and pointed out that proving any intent on the part of Taylor, who has completed his three-game ban and made his comeback in the reserves on Tuesday night, was impossible. The two governing bodies also agreed to meet to discuss violent tackles in the game.
The FA then received a letter from the governing body of world football yesterday morning that repeated its appeal that they 'once again review the incident in detail and reconsider the situation'.
However, just a few hours later, FIFA issued a statement to say they are not investigating the Taylor tackle any more and that they would discuss dangerous play in general at the FA meeting.
"The meeting will be about matters in general and not specifically the Taylor case because that has been dealt with," a FIFA spokesman said.
"The FA has pointed out to us the considerations they took in determining his sanction and the case is not going to be pursued by FIFA.
"Both sides feel a general discussion would be more beneficial and we hope the meeting will help us get a broader picture of the issues involved."
The news will come as a relief to both Taylor, who has maintained throughout that there was no intent at all in the tackle, and his manager Alex McLeish, who was visibly bristling yesterday when he was told of Fifa's letter at the club's Wast Hills training ground.
"If they insisted on reviewing Taylor's case they would have to review a thousand tackles," McLeish said.
"They are only pursuing his case because of the injury. If some of the other ones in recent weeks had caused the same damage there would be an outcry. If they had pursued it we think we would have a strong legal case.
"Maybe it is the small team syndrome again. We want to draw a line under it and let the big guy get on with his life. We have seen far worst tackles since that one, without naming names."
Taylor has ridden an emotional rollercoaster since the tackle, including condemnation from Arsenal players and even death threats from irate Croatians, but now he faces another challenge, to get back into the team.
Despite being available, McLeish said Taylor will not travel with the squad to Reading on Saturday.
"Someone comes in and it is up to the person who comes in to make it hard for me to change things and the two guys in the centre of defence have done well. I need to make sure I cover myself in other areas and it is doubtful Martin will travel with us.
"He is quite a fit, big guy but, until anyone gets back in the first team, it is right they should play some reserve games, [Franck] Queudrue, [Daniel] De Ridder and [Rafael] Schmitz have all been playing there and it is the beauty of reserve team football."