Wednesday 20 September 2017

Trolls target Neil Taylor's family Facebook photo after horror tackle on Seamus Coleman

Wales' Neil Taylor is sent off by referee Nicola Rizzoli for a reckless tackle on Seamus Coleman. Reuters / Matthew Childs
Wales' Neil Taylor is sent off by referee Nicola Rizzoli for a reckless tackle on Seamus Coleman. Reuters / Matthew Childs
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Neil Taylor's official Facebook page has been targeted by trolls ever since his reckless challenge caused Seamus Coleman to suffer a devastating double leg fracture during the nil-all draw between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva last Friday.

Coleman faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines as he recovers from surgery to pin the broken tibia and fibula in his right leg.

Taylor was issued with an immediate red card and faces an additional ban to his automatic one-day suspension, if a FIFA disciplinary committee deem it  appropriate.

Online trolls have targeted a photo of Taylor and his daughter, taken during Wales' journey to the semi-finals at Euro 2016, on his official Facebook page.

One user wrote: "Well done tonight. Shite player, shite career .... at least you went out with a bang. Your not good enough to clean Seamus Colemans boots."

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Another said: "Disgusted. No excuse. Absolutely disgusted. You don't deserve to play the beautiful game."

Welsh fans commenting under the same post defended Taylor and pointed out that Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane was known for making dangerous challenges during his career.

"Head up Neil, this is coming from a country who's assistant manager was known for challenges like this. 50/50 challenge and unfortunately it went the wrong way. People giving you abuse on here are clueless!!," one user wrote.

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