According to a report by the Express and Star, Southampton striker Shane Long has insisted that Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor did not mean to do his horror tackle on Seamus Coleman.
During the 0-0 draw between the Republic of Ireland and Wales, Neil Taylor was shown a straight red card for a horrendous challenge on Everton’s Seamus Coleman, which left the right back needing surgery.
Irishman Seamus Coleman was caught late by Aston Villa’s Taylor and Coleman was given oxygen before being taken straight off to hospital for a suspected leg break.
However, Shane Long, who is Coleman’s Republic of Ireland team mate, has refused to blame Neil Taylor for the tackle and insists that the Villa left back did not mean it.
Taylor was reportedly left unable to speak and in tears after the challenge and Long believes that Taylor was genuinely upset and worried by it.
“I think he has got it done to him before, so I suppose he went in worried about the challenge.
“He caught him high and I think he was in tears afterwards.
“He knows the pain Seamus was in because, as I said, he’s been there before.
“It was a horrible challenge and there is no defending it, but I don’t think he meant to do it.”
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