Saturday 25 November 2017

Welsh defender Neil Taylor banned for just two matches for horror tackle on Seamus Coleman

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24: Players react as Neil Taylor of Wales (3) is shown a red card by referee Nicola Rizzoli and is sent off after a challenge on Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24: Players react as Neil Taylor of Wales (3) is shown a red card by referee Nicola Rizzoli and is sent off after a challenge on Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Neil Taylor has been suspended for two matches by FIFA following his sending off during the Republic of Ireland v Wales World Cup qualifier, the Football Association of Wales has announced.

Taylor saw red following a tackle on Ireland captain Seamus Coleman that left the defender with a broken leg, ruling him out for the rest of the season. It had been thought that Taylor could be banned for as much as four games but FIFA have opted for a two game suspension, one game more than the automatic ban that comes with any red card.

Taylor will miss Wales' qualifiers against Serbia and Austria before returning for his country's remaining fixtures.

Coleman has been ruled out for the rest of Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign, and there isn't yet a definitive timetable as to when he might return next season.

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