This phrase is often used by managers or pundits after a game when one member of a team has injured an opposing player with a bad tackle. The tackle by this player may have been a dangerous one – an x-rated tackle – perhaps the player tackled from behind, went over-the-top or used a two-footed tackle meaning that the opposing player has little chance to protect him or herself. The manager may defend this player by saying that normally he or she does not tackle like that – he or she does not have a reputation as a dirty player – and so will use the phrase ‘(s)he’s not that type of player’. Not that type of player.
Example: The Welsh manager claimed that his player was ‘not that type of player‘ after his reckless tackle badly injured an opponent.
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