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HOT OR NOT: Gareth Bale’s indifference to Real Madrid celebrations is absolutely amazing

HOT OR NOT: Gareth Bale’s indifference during the Real Madrid celebrations is absolutely amazing … and while Jofra Archer is wrong, no further sanction is needed

  • Gareth Bale was quite far away and great at the Madrid celebrations
  • Gareth Ainsworth seems to have done more with less than any other manager
  • Although Jofra Archer is wrong, no further sanction seems necessary

It’s Hot or Not time again Sports emails Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what made him warm and what made him cold this week.

HOT

GARETH BALE

Watch the videos of the Real Madrid title celebrations. Watch them throw Zinedine Zidane into the air. Now watch Bale. His indifference is absolutely wonderful. There is no winner in a scenario where he grows old on the sofa, and he contributed to it, but Zidane’s treatment of him was also terrible.

DOM SIBLEY

Reassuringly dull and blatantly effective. The opener from England left 71 deliveries on Thursday. That’s 71 times when he played the game by not playing the game, the kind of exhaustion left empty ground. It does not make good images, but it is robust as a basic stone.

GARETH AINSWORTH

It’s good when good things happen to good people. There seem to be plenty with Wycombe, that underutilized group of misfits who have reached the championship six years after their stay in League Two. Has a boss done more with less this season than Ainsworth?

Bale was seen standing arms folded, out of the water as Zinedine Zidane was congratulated

Bale was seen standing arms folded, out of the water as Zinedine Zidane was congratulated

It seems no manager has done more with less than Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth

It seems no manager has done more with less than Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth

It seems no manager has done more with less than Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth

NOT

IFAB

In a week when Manchester City celebrated a £ 9 million fine, the International Football Association Board extended the rule of five substitutes to next season. Two unrelated points united by the feeling that big clubs are about to get bigger and the weak … well, who cares about them? Bravo, everyone.

JOFRA ARCHER

He left the bubble. It could have costly consequences and for him, missing the second test may not have been the end of the matter. But let’s take a break. If the hope in these situations is to shake your sense of the quirky, then that has been accomplished. He was slaughtered for it and a longer penalty is not necessary.

UK SPORT

It’s been granted a while, and it hasn’t broken any rules. But hearing that British Olympians are signing waivers to test a ketone supplement prior to London 2012 creates an uneasy feeling about our elite programs. There is a temptation here to view certain other countries in black and white; Britain itself has spent a lot of time in gray.

Archer broke the lockdown rules after going home and spending time with an 'unidentified' person

Archer broke the lockdown rules after going home and spending time with an 'unidentified' person

Archer broke the lockdown rules after going home and spending time with an ‘unidentified’ person

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