Saturday 23 September 2017

WATCH: 'You don't see those tackles every week' - Eamon Dunphy slams Neil Taylor's 'filthy' tackle on Seamus Coleman

Jack O'Toole

RTE football pundit Eamon Dunphy has labelled Neil Taylor's horror challenge on Ireland captain Seamus Coleman as 'vicious and nasty' during Ireland's 0-0 draw with Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Taylor was shown a straight red for an awful tackle on Coleman that forced the Ireland right-back to be stretchered off the field, less than a minute after Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale was booked for a reckless challenge on John O'Shea.

Dunphy said that Taylor's challenge 'bore no relationship' to any of the incidents that preceded it, but he did acknowledge that Taylor's tackle was a filthy challenge.

"As regards to the Taylor tackle, it was filthy," said Dunphy on RTE's post-game show.

"It bore no relationship to anything that happened before. The stuff you saw before, the stuff you saw with Shane Long coming in late [on Ashley Williams], you see that in the Premier League, you see it six to 10 times in a match.

"The elbow - the one between Glenn Whelan and Joe Allen - you'd see that in a Premier League match.

"Whatever was said in the Welsh dressing room at half-time, I don't know, I can only speculate.

"The Taylor tackle on Seamus Coleman was vicious and nasty. He deserved a red card. The referee didn't hesitate and everyone in this stadium winced when they saw it. That bore no relationship to what went on before. You need to make that separation, you don't see tackles like that every week."

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill confirmed after the game that Coleman had suffered a broken leg.

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