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FIFA Are Considering Throwing The Book At Neil Taylor

FIFA Are Considering Throwing The Book At Neil Taylor

Seamus Coleman will miss the rest of Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign following surgery on the double fracture of his right leg, with his absence from the game estimated at between six and nine months.

The aggressor Neil Taylor may now face a similar fate, with FIFA's disciplinary committee meeting to decided the length of Taylor's punishment. His straight red card against Ireland means Taylor will serve an automatic one-game suspension, which will see him alongside Gareth Bale on the sidelines for Wales' crucial clash with Serbia in June.

FIFA's disciplinary committee, however, have the power to extend that ban following a review of the incident. It's a 19-man panel, as the Welsh member of the committee must excuse himself from the decision-making process, and they will review footage of the incident to decided whether Taylor's tackle merits any further punishment.

Colin Young reports in today's Sunday Independent that FIFA could award an extra four-game ban, meaning Taylor will play no further part in Wales' qualifying campaign.

Elsewhere, John Hartson has clarified his comments on Taylor's challenge following an avalanche of abuse from "keyboard warriors" on twitter. While doing so, Hartson revealed that Taylor had apologised profusely for the challenge:

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People have been saying there's been no apology, but there has been. Taylor went straight into the Republic of Ireland's dressing room last night, shook every player's hand and said how sorry he was. It makes no difference, I'm not defending Taylor, but there was an apology. He shook Roy's hand, he shook Martin's hand.

You can read more of Hartson's comments here.

See Also: If Any Man Can Come Back From That, It's Seamus Coleman

 

Gavin Cooney
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Changed the spelling of his name upon pressure from Michael Owen.

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