Wales’ Neil Taylor sympathises with Switzerland’s Reto Ziegler following his red card in Euro 2012 qualifier

The Swansea City player believes that the Swiss’ sending-off was a result of a mistimed tackle and not of any malicious intent, as he reflects on yet another win for the Dragons
By Subhankar Mondal

Wales international defender Neil Taylor believes that the red card dished out to Switzerland’s Reto Ziegler during their Euro 2012 Group G clash in Swansea on Friday evening was “harsh”.

Ziegler was given his marching orders following his challenge on Chris Gunter in the 55th minute, and Switzerland conceded twice thereafter to lose 2-0.

Taylor, who can play both in midfield and in defence, sympathises with the Swiss for a straight red and admits that it affected the match at the Liberty Stadium.

“A red card always changes a game,” the 22-year-old Swansea City player told “I thought that he was probably harshly done by.

“Having played at left-back myself, I thought that he mistimed the tackle, and in international football, if you go to the ground, then the referee has to make a decision. “

However, Taylor believes that Wales thoroughly deserved their victory over the Swiss and enthused: “Even when 11 versus 11, we were holding our own and obviously going down to 10 men made it difficult for them.

“It was a really good performance [from us] in the end. We played against a good team at home, managed to win the game and outplayed them as well.”

Gary Speed’s Wales are back in action on Tuesday as they take on Bulgaria in Sofia in their final qualifier.