Politician Neil Taylor the victim of abusive tweets after Coleman tackle

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The Greater Manchester native found himself inundated with messages from fans after his namesake was sent off playing for Wales against Ireland

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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