By Amir Mir
FIFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Neil Taylor for his leg-breaking tackle on Seamus Coleman – and Aston Villa and Everton fans have reacted on Twitter.
Right-back Coleman was representing the Republic of Ireland in an important World Cup qualifier against Wales last Friday.
During that match, the 28-year-old was on the wrong end of a reckless tackle by Taylor who was representing Chris Coleman’s Wales side.
Here is Sky Sports News HQ reporting FIFA’s decision on Taylor as posted by their official Twitter account.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) March 30, 2017
Taylor was sent off for that challenge, but his tackle, which could potentially end Coleman’s career, has drawn a widespread debate about what should happen to the player.
Some Villa fans felt that Taylor’s challenge was reckless, but just mistimed and that he never meant to deliberately hurt Coleman.
However, the Everton supporters hit out at the defender and believe he should face a lengthy ban with one even calling for him to be jailed.
It is no surprise to see supporters providing mixed views to the tackle as FIFA will now take a closer look at the challenge.
Here is a selection of their messages:
more decision making by people who have no understanding of football #avfc
— Guy Bradley (@GuyBradley) March 30, 2017
— Scott (@AVFC_Scott) March 30, 2017
— Adam AVFC (@adpage87) March 30, 2017
simple really 12 month ban from all football
— Roger Mottram (@rogerefc) March 30, 2017
— Paddy Daniels (@PaddyD1878) March 30, 2017
So Neil Taylor should get a very very long rest from international football
— Mark Ellison (@mark_a_ellison) March 30, 2017
seriously need to get a grip it was a misjudged tackle
— Millsy (@GeorgeavfcMills) March 30, 2017
Taylor moved to Villa Park from Premier League outfit Swansea during the January transfer window.
The experienced player was involved in a swap deal with versatile attacker Jordan Ayew going the other way.
Since joining Steve Bruce’s side, Taylor has been a regular member of the first-team squad, instantly taking up the left-back spot ahead of Jordan Amavi.
Villa will host managerless Norwich on Saturday afternoon in front of their own supporters with Taylor expected to feature.
In other Aston Villa news, this teenager should start against Norwich at the weekend.