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Neil Taylor Facing Lengthy Ban For Coleman Tackle After FIFA Intervention

Neil Taylor Facing Lengthy Ban For Coleman Tackle After FIFA Intervention
By PJ Browne Updated

Neil Taylor could be facing a lengthier ban than initially expected for his tackle on Seamus Coleman during Wales' World Cup qualifier against Ireland on Friday.

In the 69th minute of the 0-0 draw, Taylor lunged in with a challenge which resulted in the Ireland captain breaking his leg.

The Wales left-back faced an automatic one-match ban following his red card. However, FIFA opening disciplinary proceedings against him means that the 28-year-old could face a longer period suspended from international football.

A one-game ban would have meant Taylor missing Wales' crucial qualifier against Serbia in June, a game which Gareth Bale will also miss due to suspension.

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A lengthier ban could mean Taylor missing the remainder to Wales' qualifying campaign. In their remaining fixtures, Wales face Serbia (a), Austria (h), Moldova (a), Georgia (a) and Ireland (h).

Coleman was taken to hospital after the game and underwent surgery the following day. He faces a period of approximately nine to 12 months out of action due to the injury.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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