The prospect of Wales defender Neil Taylor serving a multiple-game suspension has just increased substantially.
FIFA have confirmed that they have opened proceedings against the Aston Villa left-back for the reckless challenge that left Ireland captain Seamus Coleman with a broken leg, putting an end to his season and possibly even ruling him out of action until 2018.
FIFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Neil Taylor after his tackle on Seamus Coleman in last Friday’s Ireland v Wales game in Dublin
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) March 30, 2017
The challenge midway through the second half earned Taylor a straight red card, and while that would automatically rule him out of the trip to Serbia in June (along with star forward Gareth Bale who picked up a yellow card for a wild challenge of his own that left John O’Shea requiring his stitches), the worst-case for scenario for him is that he could be suspended for up to five games, which would rule him out of the rest of Wales’ campaign.
In any event, it seems likely that he will be served with at least an additional two-match ban for the challenge.
Coleman underwent surgery in Dublin at the weekend and left hospital on Wednesday, with Cyrus Christie and manager Martin O’Neill stating that his spirits have improved as he adjusts from reacting to the gravity of the situation to beginning his recovery.