Blues chief Gold lambasts Croatian conspiracy claim

BIRMINGHAM chairman David Gold yesterday hit back at Croatian claims that Blues players deliberately injured Luka Modric and Eduardo, branding them &ldquo;ridiculous&rdquo;.<br /><br />Tottenham star Modric broke his leg against Birmingham at the weekend, meaning he will miss Croatia&rsquo;s crucial World Cup qualifier against England next week. The injury came just 18 months after Arsenal striker Eduardo suffered a career-threatening ankle dislocation and fracture, also at the hands of the Blues.<br /><br />The coincidence led Croatian Football Federation president Vlatko Markovic to suggest that his key men were being systematically targeted by English players.<br /><br />But Gold said: &ldquo;To suggest it&rsquo;s a conspiracy, particularly by our club, is absolutely ridiculous. I can&rsquo;t see an ounce of reality about it at all. I find it nonsensical.<br /><br />&ldquo;I was at the Spurs game and I was only a few feet away from the incident and it was a very mild entanglement. Modric was outstanding in that game so no wonder they&rsquo;re disappointed at losing him, but to say there is a conspiracy is nonsense.&rdquo;<br /><br />Markovic had said: &ldquo;I can only ask whether someone did it deliberately on the eve of the game with England.&rdquo;