Fifa open proceedings on Taylor's red card

Thursday 30 March 2017  43 Comments  [Jump to last]

Taylor received a straight red card from referee Nicola Rizzoli

Fifa will investigate further censure of Neil Taylor following his dreadful challenge on Seamus Coleman in last Friday's World Cup qualifier.

Taylor was shown a straight red card for the tackle that broke both bones in the Everton fullback's right leg but the Football Association of Wales have been informed that the game's world governing body have opened proceedings into the incident that could end in further action.

Taylor's automatic one-match suspension could be extended to three international fixtures based on referee Nicola Rizzoli's report of the game.

Coleman underwent surgery at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin last Saturday but was released yesterday.

Ireland head coach Martin O'Neill told the media that while the 28-year-old was understandably down in the immediate aftermath, he left hospital in better spirits.

“It's as much to do with he's still got the family around — his brother, his wife, his mother and the youngster all keeping him pretty busy,” O'Neill said. “I think he's doing much better now. It's not something you're going to get over in 24 hours, 36 hours. He's in much better spirits.

“It's encouraging to see. He's very positive, which I knew he would be. It's a tough injury. Could he get over it? If anybody can quickly, then Seamus can do that.”


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Dave Roberts
1 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:43:29
I'm guessing the words 'dreadful tackle' mean MK didn't write this.
Amit Vithlani
2 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:46:59
Only right and fair.

Will be interesting to see if the Welsh FA/Chris Coleman lodge an appeal against further sanctions, as he is "not that type of player".

Dennis Heaton
3 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:48:20
If I was you, O'Neill, I would stay away from Everton for quite a long time as you may be in danger from the management. Cretin.
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
4 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:53:19
I presume you're being deliberately obtuse, Dave, as you seem to be in need of the full analysis all over again? I'll spare our other readers...

The point, also mentioned in the linked Guardian blog, relates to Taylor's intent and the extent to which it may have actually been accidental:

"Because of the escalating level of recklessness within the game in Dublin, it is impossible simply to wave it past as an accident either. Taylor has got to be at least guilty of behaviour likely to result in injury and, because his behaviour actually did result in injury, it is no surprise to discover Fifa is considering lengthening his ban."

Stan Schofield
5 Posted 30/03/2017 at 15:54:16
Seems appropriate. A strong deterrent is needed for reckless challenges whether they lead to serious injury or not.

Not quite sure why any ban should be confined to international matches though. Including all matches would give a stronger deterrent.

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:02:41
Not going in to the rights and wrongs of the tackle but I'm surprised that a player is only banned for one match for a straight red card. Why are International games different to league games, as far as punishment is concerned?
Mike Berry
7 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:05:49
This type of tackle needs a punishment to suit, a 6-month ban would not be out of place, the lad had both feet off the ground, he knows the score, take your penalty, don't moan and don't even think about an appeal.

We need people with backbone to sort this out, and keep the game from ending players careers. I watch with interest to see the responses.

Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:14:31
On that thought, Mike, I was curious which Fifa body would be looking at this?

The so-called Disciplinary Committee seems to have their hands full penalizing nation members for remarkably petty issues...

And for inspiring confidence in the ruling body, just look who's head of the Referees' Committee!!! OMG.

John G Davies
9 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:17:17
Sick for Seamus, one of my favourite players over the last few years.

Sorry to say this is an over reaction from Fifa. Would not surprise me if they try to hit the Welsh FA with the bill for Coleman's wages.

James Flynn
10 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:20:54
Like many of us, I didn't watch the game and only found out when I clicked into here. The initial postings led me to believe Seamus was assaulted.

Found videos on Facebook.

I agree it was a 50-50 where our guy was left on the floor with a broken leg. A terrible business for Coleman and us.

I'll guess FIFA will see it that way. Whatever way they see it, get better Seamus.

We'll need you this time next year as we're challenging for the Title. Hopefully, Bolasie is back full strength at the same time!

James Hughes
11 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:37:11
Michael, re: the Referees' Committee. What we need is a Frost/Nixon style interview. Gentle questioning with signore Collina about his conduct in that game, eventually leading to full disclosure.

My memory of that night is he gave us nothing all game all game, but then that could just be age.

Michael Kenrick
12 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:38:27
I don't quite follow how you figure it to be an over-reaction from Fifa, John (#9). You're saying there's no need for them to look at this and possibly extend Taylor's ban? So one game is sufficient deterrent for reckless tackles like this?

The crazy thing, as Dave (#6) says, is why it's only one game for a straight red card shown for excessive force, when that is a three-game ban in the Premier League.

Dave Roberts
13 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:57:52
No I don't need the full analysis all over again. I did my own. I'll leave it to FIFA now to make their deliberations about this DREADFUL tackle.
John G Davies
14 Posted 30/03/2017 at 16:59:02
Fifa set the ruling, Michael, I believe. Are they challenging themselves?

A joke of a organisation and bent as they come, agreed.

James Flynn
15 Posted 30/03/2017 at 17:08:57
John (#9) – With all the media response in England to what happened, they had to react. Really no choice.

The most watched league on earth is England's Premier League; without doubt. Which makes Coleman's leg-break international news.

I've looked at many videos of the circumstances leading up to the leg-break. James Marshall and Kenrick called it correct. A 50-50 gone terribly wrong.

Be surprised FIFA sees otherwise.

Eddie Dunn
16 Posted 30/03/2017 at 17:17:56
Michael, thanks for the link. My God! The referees committee !

CHAIRMAN: COLLINA Pierluigi, Italy

ANDINO Amelio, Paraguay
DAMKOVA Dagmar, Czech Republic
MAIDIN Shamsul, Singapore
MAILLET Eddy,Seychelles
POLOSO Neil, Solomon Islands
SAFAR Hany, Qatar
SENEME Wilson, Brazil
STOLTENKAMP Kevin, New Zealand

I wonder what standard of reffing half of these guys have?

Brent Stephens
17 Posted 30/03/2017 at 17:48:44
Which half, Eddie?
Mark Riding
18 Posted 30/03/2017 at 18:08:59
Honestly, I couldn't give a toss about a ban extension for Taylor.

If anything, I'd rather he was made to play, because he's shite and that would be a bigger hinderance on his country's chances of qualifying.

It's all about looking after our player now. Can't be arsed even thinking about this no-mark.
Liam Reilly
19 Posted 30/03/2017 at 18:41:41
Shocking challenge for sure, but also happens regularly in the Premier League.

I can think of 2 equally poor 'Leg Breakers' from Rojo this season (one at Goodison) that weren't punished because the player on the receiving end managed to get up.

If a player leaves the ground and dives in two footed, then they should be banned – regardless of whether the opposing player is injured or not.

Ian Jones
20 Posted 30/03/2017 at 18:43:23
Intetesting article. Mentions Bale's tackle on O'Shea. Perhaps a time will come when FIFA start looking into those kind of tackles.
Eddie Dunn
21 Posted 30/03/2017 at 19:06:50
Brent, haha!
Jon Cox
22 Posted 30/03/2017 at 19:14:17
Brent, I think he meant the third.
Brent Stephens
23 Posted 30/03/2017 at 19:34:54
Of course, Jon! Should have guessed.
Jay Woods
24 Posted 30/03/2017 at 19:57:42
He should be banned from playing until Coleman recovers. And in the interim, he should pay half his wages to our player (not that the latter needs it, but it's the principle). This should be standard punishment in all such on-field assaults.
Lenny Kingman
25 Posted 30/03/2017 at 20:37:29
This dreadful incident reminds me somewhat of the attack on Adrian Heath by that turd Brian Marwood back in the most recent Blue glory days of the mid 80s. Stopped Inchy in his tracks and was basically an all-round career wrecker.

The abuser went on to play for Arsenal, incredibly, only God knows how that happened, and then furthered himself in a media career. Who says crime doesn't pay?

James Welford
27 Posted 30/03/2017 at 20:59:05
@ Michael #8, that disciplinary download is remarkable. There's probably over a million CHFrancs of fines in it.

"Pyrotechnic devices and Pitch Invastion by ball boys"

"Crowd Disturbance (1 Bengal light)" . I had to google what a Bengal light was. I'm going to sound so clever when my mates call them flares.

"Improper conduct among supporters, including objects (plastic bottles) being thrown,
one team official touched" . touched where?!?! By whom? A supporter?

"No flags hoisted and flown in the stadium" NOOOOOOOO!!!!

"Pitch invasion by a dog (match stopped twice)" . Dog got bored

"Post-match conference held in an unofficial place"

"Clock kept running after minute 90"

Phil Bellis
28 Posted 30/03/2017 at 21:44:11
50-50! There you go, Shay, could've gone either way or no damage done.

Sure that helps.

Aiden Jones
29 Posted 30/03/2017 at 21:52:26
Don't understand the 50/50 talk. Could have been 30/70. How he went into the tackle is the issue – not % chance of winning the ball.
Steve Cotton
30 Posted 30/03/2017 at 21:53:01
Lenny I have heard Marwood commentating on some of our games and he wouldn't give us an inch, he undoubtedly hated all things EFC.

I don't know why but if you ever get to hear any of his remarks you will see what I mean. He was and is a prick.

Phil Bellis
31 Posted 30/03/2017 at 21:58:04
Aiden, yep

Depends, I suppose, if you spell bollocks "bollocks" or "bollox".

Probably 50-50.

Dave Lynch
32 Posted 30/03/2017 at 21:58:11
FFS... You can't undo what has been done by handing out more punishment.

I've held my tongue on this and as sick as I am over losing Seamus Coleman, it's done and that's that.

I can remember a few of our players putting the boot in, quite recklessly as well; it's a contact sport and shit happens.

It's just unfortunate it happened to us.

Phil Bellis
33 Posted 30/03/2017 at 22:07:26
Name the last 5 Everton players to have broken an opponent's leg with a "shit happens" tackle

Play fair... no Google thing.

Colin Gee
35 Posted 30/03/2017 at 22:15:36
Phil (#33), Only one I can think of straight away was Gary Stevens on Jim Beglin at Anfield in a League Cup game.
Dave Lynch
36 Posted 30/03/2017 at 22:33:28
Does it matter who broke what?

Mirallas on Suarez, he went out to hurt the buck toothed biter and 2 terrible tackles in the last Derby. One by Ross Barkley which could easily have smashed the lads leg.

Like I said, it's a contact sport and shit happens, always has and always will.

Phil Bellis
37 Posted 30/03/2017 at 22:36:15
Colin, I recall Howard saying Stevens "is not like that" but can't remember if there was a sending off... League Cup?

I think between us the point's been made, though.

Phil Bellis
38 Posted 30/03/2017 at 22:42:15
Well Dave, what should the sport do to curtail the shit happening? Maybe a retrospective charge of "reckless play".. Oh... hang on...
Dave Abrahams
39 Posted 30/03/2017 at 22:51:41
I remember the tackle by Stevie McMahon on John Ebbrell at Anfield. It might have been a cup game... Stevie got carried off and Everton got the foul; he tried to bully Ebbrell but John stood his ground and Stevie hurt himself.

A very reckless tackle, shattered Ebbrell's shin pad and unfortunately shattered his own knee.

Stan Schofield
40 Posted 30/03/2017 at 23:16:53
Dave @32: It's a contact sport with rules. The rules should and do include deterrents for reckless behaviour. It's not about Everton, it's about proper conduct.

Whether a leg was broken or not, reckless behaviour should be punished as a deterrent, whether it's an opposition player or an Everton player.

Eddie Dunn
41 Posted 30/03/2017 at 23:25:28
Lenny, 25. I vaguely remember Brian Marwood being injured when we played Sheffield Wed in the '80s. I think we also beat them in a Semi or Quarter final, breaking his heart, no doubt. I have listened to him on 5 live over the years, and found him to be very mealy mouthed on us. I never liked him.
Ian Smitham
42 Posted 30/03/2017 at 23:47:33
Lenny, trust me, I had a photo of "Inch" as my train pass and they let me on.

The game you refer to, I was there, and the event with Inch, note I do not say tackle was a disgrace. You will also recall that Peter Reid took vengeance on him and at the end of the first half, one of the most nauseable players ever was left on the track round the pitch by the Bullens stand. I make no apology for cheering as he was stretchered away, and I hate him. Yes, hate. He destroyed Inch.

On a different note, I met John Ebbrell just before the 1995 FA Cup Final when he was dropped. I loved Johnny, told him so, he took offence when I told him, till I explained I loved him for not pulling out of the tackle when McMahon tried to break his leg at Anfield. Again, no apologies, I cheered McMahon being stretchered off, he got what he deserved.

Mick Davies
43 Posted 31/03/2017 at 02:36:52
Coleman had the ball and was flying past him; it was a deliberate attempt to stop the player at all costs.

If you think it was a one-off, google what he did to Kyle Walker's face, and I'm told there are other instances. The game doesn't need thugs, it needs attractive players, entertaining and skillful, being protected by those who administer our national sport.

You can bet your life if it had happened to Aguero, Hazard, Sterling, Sanchez et al, Sky Sports would be running a poll to bring back capital punishment.

Bob Butchard
44 Posted 31/03/2017 at 03:36:19
Liam (#19) I fully endorse your comment about the punishment fitting the crime, regardless of injury occurring or not. Two feet off the floor diving in.... automatically marching orders, regardless.
Dan Egerton
45 Posted 31/03/2017 at 07:16:17
"Not quite sure why any ban should be confined to international matches though. Including all matches would give a stronger deterrent." – I agree although I cant see it happening.

"Not going in to the rights and wrongs of the tackle but I'm surprised that a player is only banned for one match for a straight red card. Why are International games different to league games, as far as punishment is concerned?" – Agree.

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