April 27, 2017 / 4:43 AM / 4 months ago

REFILE-Soccer-Wales' Taylor banned for two games after leg-breaking tackle

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April 27 (Reuters) - Wales defender Neil Taylor has been banned for two international matches after his wild tackle left Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman with a double leg fracture in last month's World Cup qualifier.

Ireland fullback Coleman left the field on a stretcher, with an oxygen mask on his face, after Taylor recklessly clattered into him on 68 minutes of the encounter. Taylor, who was immediately sent off, will miss Wales' next two World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Austria.

"Following a meeting of FIFA's Disciplinary Committee, the FAW can confirm that Neil Taylor has been suspended for two matches," the Welsh FA said in a statement.

Everton's Coleman, who underwent surgery on the injury, could be out of action for up to a year. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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