Saturday 23 September 2017

WATCH - Martin O'Neill believes a red card for Gareth Bale could have seen horror tackle on Seamus Coleman avoided

John O'Shea of Republic of Ireland in action against Gareth Bale of Wales during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
John O'Shea of Republic of Ireland in action against Gareth Bale of Wales during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill believes Neil Taylor's ugly challenge on Seamus Coleman may not have happened if Gareth Bale had been sent off for his lunge on John O'Shea.

Coleman remains in hospital after suffering a double leg fracture and O'Neill admitted that the Ireland captain is "beginning to come to terms with" what happened and the rehabilitation he is facing.

Coleman's misfortune struck just seconds after fellow defender John O'Shea had been left bloodied by a late challenge from Gareth Bale which earned the Real Madrid star a yellow card, although many onlookers felt he was lucky not to be dismissed, as Taylor subsequently was.

Asked if the referee decided to send Bale off, would it have discouraged Taylor from making such a reckless challenge that resulted in Coleman's broken leg, he said: "He may not have done. That's true. The referee is in charge of the game.

O'Neill added: "I thought both challenges when I have seen them back have been very, very poor. Very poor indeed."

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