Coleman: ‘I’m absolutely gutted for Ramsey’

Date published: Saturday 2nd July 2016 9:26

Chris Coleman has spoken of his disappointment that Aaron Ramsey will miss the semi-final of European Championship.

On a momentous night for Welsh football, the bookings dished out to Ramsey and Ben Davies will rule them out of Wednesday’s semi-final in Lyon.

Ramsey was magnificent as Wales beat Belgium 3-1 to reach a semi-final for the first time in their history.

“I am absolutely gutted for Aaron because he’s been outstanding in this tournament,” Coleman said. “One of the best players in the tournament, so he’s obviously gutted.

“We said before the game tonight that one or two of the boys were on yellows but we’ve got to do what we need to do to get through.

“If they have to take one for the team then so be it and Aaron has done that, so has Ben Davies.

“It is really so disappointing for both players because they deserve as much as anybody to be in the semi-final.

“They’ve been outstanding, both players, but they did what they needed to do, what the team needed from them.

“It is a bit tough, I think, at this level when there’s so much on the games, when there’s so much pressure on the players – two yellow cards in five games is a little bit tight, a bit tough.

“Unfortunately, Rambo and Ben are big losses for us but they’ve done everything that has been required of them.

“Everything their country has asked of them they have given it so, so they can be very, very proud.

“I am certainly very proud of both players and their contributions. We wouldn’t be sat here without these players, so it’s disappointing for them but rules are the rules.”

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