Neil Taylor’s horror challenge on Seamus Coleman during Friday night’s qualifier has left the Everton man facing a minimum of six months on the sidelines.
The straight red card brandished by referee Nicola Rizzoli means an automatic one-game ban for Taylor but it could yet get worse for the Aston Villa man.
As Colin Young reports in the Independent, the UEFA Disciplinary Committee will now decide his fate with an additional four-game ban on the cards given the force and recklessness of the tackle. If he were to be handed such a sentence, he’d miss the rest of the campaign for Chris Coleman’s team.
Only nineteen of the 20-man group can adjudicate with Wales’ Paul Pritchard having to abstain in the interest of fairness.
The football world reacted in horror following the incident at the Aviva Stadium on Friday night with the extent of Coleman’s injury clear almost immediately. Countless involved in the sport, and Enda Kenny, have condemned Taylor’s challenge in the days since.
The Irish captain will also miss the rest of his side’s qualification campaign after undergoing surgery for his double leg-break on Saturday morning. The initial prognosis suggests it will almost certainly be 2018 before he gets back on the pitch.