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Saturday 22 July 2017

Taylor's horror tackle could also end his campaign as FIFA committee meet to decide punishment

Wales' Neil Taylor is immediately sent off after the horrific tackle on Seamus Coleman. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Wales' Neil Taylor is immediately sent off after the horrific tackle on Seamus Coleman. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Colin Young

Neil Taylor's 2018 World Cup campaign could be over when FIFA's disciplinary committee meet to decide the Wales defender's punishment for the tackle that broke Seamus Coleman's leg.

The 19-man committee - Paul Pritchard of Wales will not be part of the decision-making process - will be sent a DVD of the tackle and then a video conference call will be held to reach the disciplinary conclusion.

Any player sent off serves an automatic one-match ban and the disciplinary committee can then add a further suspension depending on the incident.

Given the severity of Taylor's challenge the Aston Villa player could receive an additional four-match suspension which would mean he could play no further part in Wales' bid to reach the finals in Russia.

Taylor's Wales team-mate Joe Allen said: "He's in bits to be honest. He is one of my best mates, he's a great guy and really disappointed that one of his tackles has ended up with someone getting hurt.

"Unfortunately in football, it doesn't happen too often but, these things can happen. There was no malice in the tackle. He certainly wouldn't have intended to hurt anyone. I know him as well as anyone.

"It goes without saying. Everyone hopes it's not as bad as it looks and I hope it's a good recovery.'

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