The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

AS­TON Villa man­ager Steve Bruce is back­ing Neil Tay­lor af­ter FIFA opened pro­ceed­ings against him fol­low­ing his tackle on Sea­mus Cole­man.

The 28-year-old Wales left-back was sent off in a 0-0 draw with the Repub­lic of Ireland in Dublin last Fri­day af­ter a chal­lenge which broke Cole­man’s leg in two places.

Tay­lor, who joined As­ton Villa in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, has spo­ken of his re­morse over the in­ci­dent, though he could be handed an ex­tended ban by FIFA.

“He’s never go­ing to for­get about it, but he’s got to try and get on with it,” boss Bruce said. “He’s nat­u­rally sad­dened be­cause it’s cer­tainly not Neil Tay­lor. He’s re­cov­ered from a se­ri­ous in­jury him­self so he knows what it is.

“He’s very dis­ap­pointed with what’s hap­pened. It’s sad­dened him as it’s sad­dened all of us. He’s just got to knuckle down and get on with it.

“He was reck­less, he un­der­stands that. He hes­i­tated and was in two minds whether he should go for the chal­lenge, but he’s caught him. It’s part and par­cel. We see it ev­ery week and play­ers get in­jured, though none of us want to see it.

“One of the great play­ers in the world (Gareth Bale) could have had a red card one minute be­fore it, but thank­fully it wasn’t as bad on John O’Shea.”

SAD­DENED: Neil Tay­lor

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