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.
A disciplined Ireland display negated Gareth Bale's influence but we failed to create many chances. Most of our thoughts are with Seamus Coleman after he suffered an awful injury.
A SHOCKING but fascinating game and a positive result for Ireland which keeps Wales at bay for now but their injury-ravaged World Cup campaign was hit by the biggest blow imaginable when captain Seamus Coleman was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg.
Seamus Coleman is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after being on the receiving end of an utterly reckless challenge from Neil Taylor. Ireland and Wales played out a draw and few can say either side deserved more than a point.