Tuesday 20 February 2018

WATCH: 'Your boys are not coming off the pitch with halos' - Chris Coleman reacts to question on Bale and Taylor tackles

Wales manager Chris Coleman shakes hands with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, right, after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Wales manager Chris Coleman shakes hands with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, right, after the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Republic of Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Wales coach Chris Coleman vehemently defended his players after Neil Taylor was sent-off for a horror tackle that left Seamus Coleman with a broken leg and Gareth Bale went booked for an ugly challenge on John O'Shea.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 69th minute when Neil Taylor was shown a straight red card for the heavy challenge on Coleman in tonight's nil-all draw at the Aviva Stadium.

Bale, who will miss the next game against Serbia after picking up another booking, was lucky not to be joining the Aston Villa defender for an early shower for a very late tackle on John O'Shea.

Asked by an Irish journalist in his post-match press conference if Bale should have been dismissed: "Your boys are not coming off the pitch with halos either."

The likes of Glenn Whelan and Jeff Hendrick were guilty of high challenges.

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