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‘He’s NOT that type of player!’ – Wales boss Chris Coleman defends Neil Taylor over horrific Seamus Coleman leg-break

27 Mar

Chris Coleman defended Neil Taylor over his leg-breaking tackle on Republic of Ireland defender Seamus Coleman, insisting: ‘He’s NOT that type of player!’


Everton star Coleman was carried from the field on a stretcher after Taylor had been shown a straight red card for his badly timed season-ending tackle during Friday’s fierce World Cup qualifier in Dublin, which ended 0-0.

The Football Association of Ireland confirmed later that Coleman had broken his right leg and the Toffees defender is expected to undergo surgery on Saturday.

The severity of the injury was unlined by the fact replays of the incident were not shown on television, but the Wales boss insists there would have been no ill intent from ‘cracking lad’ Taylor.

“Sadly for Seamus, obviously, it looks like it’s a bad one,” Wales manager Coleman said, adding Taylor had gone into the Republic dressing room at the end of the match to see the Ireland captain.

“Neil Taylor is not that type of player. He’s had a serious injury himself. He’s a great boy, he’s a cracking lad.

“I’ve not seen the challenge, but I’ve seen the outcome, if you like, and it’s a bad one for Seamus.

“Yes, it looks like he [Taylor] has got that one wrong on our part. I’ve only seen it in real time when it happened and I didn’t see a lot.

“I saw the reaction. I have seen a picture of the outcome, so my thoughts are with Seamus.

“Of course, Neil is devastated himself. But, no, I never said to Neil, ‘What were you thinking?'”

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