Neil Taylor was not a popular figure on Twitter last night after his late challenge on Seamus Coleman broke the Ireland international's leg.
The Aston Villa defender was sent off in the 0-0 draw while playing for Wales, with many football fans choosing to vent their anger online at the poor tackle.
However, the Twitter users targeted their attacks at the wrong person - with Altrincham ex-councillor Neil Taylor receiving a torrent of abuse from outraged supporters.
Blimey the perils of having the same name as a football player! — Neil Taylor (@neil_taylor_) March 24, 2017
Despite receiving a number of complaints about his performance for Wales, the politician took the messages in good spirit, denying that he was the footballer.
Here is Neil Taylor when he was little.
No aspiration to play football.
Would grow up to enjoy curry and beer, oh and chips. #altrincham pic.twitter.com/eIKyjwZFiU — Neil Taylor (@neil_taylor_) March 25, 2017
Taylor was amusingly called a d**khead by one fan, but asserted that he was not in Dublin playing for Wales, but instead had "Been out for a curry and beer to celebrate wedding anniversary ;)"
In fact, the politician of the same name admitted that he does not even like football.
1: I do not play football
2: I dont even like football
3; I was in a school footie team aged about 6 (we lost every game) — Neil Taylor (@neil_taylor_) March 24, 2017
The football-playing Neil Taylor will now miss Wales' upcoming qualifier with Serbia due to suspension, while Seamus Coleman underwent surgery after fracturing his right tibia and fibula.