‘Bale gets into a hole’: Spanish press still raging at Gareth Bale’s flag stunt mocking Real Madrid with Zinedine Zidane ‘fearing fan backlash’ in Real Sociedad clash
- Gareth Bale posed with a flag saying ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid… in that order’
- Wales fans had chanted a song with those words and Bale said it was a bit of fun
- It suggested that his club are low down on the Wales man’s list of priorities
- Marca also slammed Bale with a ‘Disrespectful. Wrong. Ungrateful’ headline
The fallout of Gareth Bale’s celebrations where he appeared to mock Real Madrid has continued with further criticism in the Spanish press.
During his Euro 2020 qualification celebrations with Wales, Bale celebrated with a flag that read: ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’
Now Spanish newspaper AS have hit back with their headline ‘Bale gets into a hole’ and stated that the Welshman’s actions was the ‘last straw’ and has ‘ended Madrid’s patience’ with the winger.
Gareth Bale celebrated by holding a flag reading ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’
Spanish newspaper AS have said that Bale’s actions have put the winger in a hole at Madrid
The front cover also states that Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane fears fan backlash during the club’s next game against Real Sociedad.
It follows criticism by another Spanish newspaper Marca who hit back at Bale with their front cover reading: ‘Disrespectful. Wrong. Ungrateful. In that order’.
It is thought that despite Zidane’s long standing issues with Bale he plans to treat the 30-year-old no differently to any other player when he returns to Madrid.
The French manager is planning to greet him, shake his hand and congratulate him for earning qualification before he trains as normal.
Zinedine Zidane reportedly fears ‘fan backlash’ during Real Madrid’s next league game
Marca ran with their own headline reading: ‘Disrespect. Wrong. Ungrateful…in that order’
Gareth Bale’s career at Real Madrid
La Liga winner: 2016-17
Champions League winner: 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18
Copa Del Ray winner: 2013-14
UEFA Super Cup winner: 2014, 2016 and 2017
Bale admitted he was aware of the chant and clearly saw the funny side of it.
When asked about it in an interview by Sgorio Cymru, he said: ‘I’ve heard it, especially when I was on the bench and when I came off, and the boys were laughing. It’s a good bit of fun.’
It comes after Bale last week admitted he gets more of a thrill when pulling on the red shirt of Wales than at any other time in football.
Asked if playing for Wales allowed him to rediscover the joy of football, Bale said: ‘To an extent. I’ve been with most of the older players since we were in Under 17s.
‘It’s like playing with your mates down the park on a Sunday. It’s normal. With Wales, I’m speaking my own language and feel more comfortable.
‘I definitely have more excitement playing for Wales. But it doesn’t change what I do on the pitch. I always give 100 per cent on the pitch wherever I am, that’s what I always strive to do.’