FIFA have confirmed that Wales defender Neil Taylor will face an additional suspension for the tackle that left Ireland captain Seamus Coleman with a broken leg and ended his season.
Taylor was shown an immediate red card in the match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva last month, and while he could potentially have been banned for the remainder of the campaign, he will instead serve a two-game ban, a much more lenient outcome for the Aston Villa left-back.
BREAKING: Wales defender Neil Taylor banned for two matches for foul on Seamus Coleman and misses Serbia and Austria WC qualifiers #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) April 26, 2017
Taylor will now miss the upcoming matches against Serbia and Austria, but will be free to take his place on the left side of Chris Coleman’s defence for the remaining fixtures. As a result, the 28-yeat-old can expect a very fiery reception when Wales meet Ireland again later this year in the final round of qualifiers.
In any event, Taylor can probably consider himself very fortunate that the ban was not a more severe one; even a three-game suspension would normally be considered standard practice for wild challenges such as his.
Coleman, meanwhile, is continuing his rehabilitation following surgery, but the Everton right-back faces a battle in his bid to play again in 2017.
Joining us on the Mixer football podcast this week is Shamrock Rovers defender Roberto Lopes, in addition to our usual review of the latest round of League of Ireland action.