Updated: 25/03/17 : 06:07:53
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Coleman's reckless tackler gets straight red - WARNING

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A RECKLESS tackle has prematurely ended the season for Ireland soccer captain Seamus Coleman.

Sligo Rover's most famous export suffered a broken right leg in the World Cup qualifier with Wales in Dublin last night, Friday.

His manager Martin O'Neill described it later on RTÉ as ''a bad break.''

RTÉ itself refused, during its live coverage, to replay the tackle which earned a straight red card for Wales Neil Taylor in the 69th minute.

Coleman collapsed immediately under the reckless tackle and required oxygen before he was stretchered off, conscious but in visible pain, in the Aviva Stadium.

Distraught Afterwards

British quality newspaper The Daily Telegraph described it online last night as ''a hideous tackle.''

Deputy football correspondent Jeremy Wilson said Coleman had suffered ''an horrific leg break.''

Added the newspaper: ''Taylor was distraught in the dressing-room after the match.

''While all thoughts now are with Coleman, this was an incident that will scar the careers of both men. 

It was hard not to suspect that his indiscipline had been borne of frustration.

''It occurred in the 69th minute and, until then, Ireland had defended stoically despite Wales’s dominance of possession,'' The Daily Telegraph related.

The newspaper's online update by writer Rob Bagchi noted: ''Neil Taylor is sent off for a hideous tackle on Seamus Coleman.

''So bad they're not showing the replay. High, reckless, over the ball.

''Looks like a fracture. A compound fracture of the lower leg,'' writer Bagchi noted.
Italian referee Niccola Rizzoli certainly did not hesitate, even briefly, before he showed a straight red to the Aston Villa clubman Taylor for his recklessness.

The match itself ended 0-0, leaving Ireland -- still unbeaten -- joint top with Serbia on 11 points.

Wales, who now travel to face the Serbians in June, are four points further behind.

Ireland's makeshift eleven was happy to settle for a point beforehand, facing the 12th rated team in the world and 2016 European semi finalists.

   The sequence of the horrendous tackle - WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

Derby Tribute

James McClean from Derry was named Man of the Match by RTÉ last night.

It was fitting as McClean wore an unfamiliar number 5 shirt in tribute to his friend, Derry City captain Ryan McBride.

McBride, the Derry City captain, died suddenly last Sunday night, aged 27.

Tonight's local derby game between Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers in Ballybofey will also pay tribute to McBride (7.45pm start).

A minute's applause was observed prior to the kick-off in last night's international.

The Derry City skipper was buried on Thursday after his funeral Mass in St Columbas Church, Long Tower.