James Lawrence reveals infamous ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid’ banner snap with Gareth Bale was ‘spontaneous’

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James Lawrence reveals infamous ‘Wales, Golf, Madrid’ banner photo featuring Gareth Bale was ‘completely spontaneous’ and insists it was intended as a ‘joke’ after hostile response from Real fans and Spanish media

  • Gareth Bale celebrated for a ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ in 2019
  • Real Madrid star enjoyed Wales to qualify for Euro 2020
  • Spanish media criticized Bale for the move, describing him as ‘disrespectful’
  • Wales teammate James Lawrence claimed it was ‘completely spontaneous”
  • Lawrence told Spanish media and Real fans: ‘don’t take it too seriously’
  • Read the latest Euro 2020 news, including fixtures, live action and results here.

Gareth Bale’s infamous ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid – In That Order’s banner photo was a “completely spontaneous” move by the then Real Madrid winger, his international team-mate James Lawrence has claimed.

The Welsh superstar celebrated securing his country’s qualification to the European Championships in November 2019 by dancing in front of the scathing banner handed down by fans with his teammates.

Bale struggled for minutes in the Spanish capital at the time after being shunned by then manager Zinedine Zidane, who has just resigned from the role.

Gareth Bale was spotted dancing in front of a 'Wales.  Golf.  Madrid.  In that order' in 2019

Gareth Bale was spotted dancing in front of a ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ in 2019

Spanish news outlets slammed the then Real Madrid winger for the celebrations at the time

Spanish news outlets slammed the then Real Madrid winger for the celebrations at the time

Spanish news outlets slammed the then Real Madrid winger for the celebrations at the time

Spanish media praised Bale’s move, with Marca bouncing back by claiming the winger’s actions were ‘disrespectful’. wrong. ungrateful. In that order.’

But Wales defender Lawrence, who was present at the incident, claims the move was unplanned and Bale only acted on his ‘great sense of humour’.

The defender told Goal: “One of us saw the banner in the stands, took it up the pitch and suddenly we were all behind it.

“It wasn’t planned, it happened completely spontaneously. We all found the tagline extremely funny, including Gareth.

Bale's (left) Wales team-mate James Lawrence said the incident was 'completely spontaneous'

Bale's (left) Wales team-mate James Lawrence said the incident was 'completely spontaneous'

Bale’s (left) Wales team-mate James Lawrence said the incident was ‘completely spontaneous’

‘Some people in Spain apparently thought otherwise, but it was a joke. You shouldn’t take it too seriously.

Gareth is a very laid back man with a great sense of humour. He likes to fool around, joke and laugh.’

The banner referred to Bale’s frequent time spent on the golf course while shunned by Madrid, including once when he was seen swinging his clubs while the LaLiga giants played a match.

The banner referred to the amount of time Bale spent on the golf course while exiled in Madrid

The banner referred to the amount of time Bale spent on the golf course while exiled in Madrid

The banner referred to the amount of time Bale spent on the golf course while exiled in Madrid

Following that November incident, Bale made just ten appearances in the league under Zidane for the remainder of the 2019-20 season and was loaned out to former club Tottenham in the following campaign.

The Wales winger now faces an uncertain future as the 31-year-old returns to parent club Real on another year’s contract.

His agent, Jonathan Barnett, claimed last month that Bale’s future could be anywhere – but the choice to go back to the Spanish capital and sit on the bench would be ‘fine’.

Bale was loaned to Tottenham last year but could see a return from Real next season

Bale was loaned to Tottenham last year but could see a return from Real next season

Bale was loaned to Tottenham last year but could see a return from Real next season

Barnett said, “It’s a three-party discussion; it’s us, Real Madrid and Tottenham. We have our opinion and we will let you know at the right time.’

When asked if there was any chance of a Bernabeu return, Barnett added: “I highly doubt that, but if they want to put him on the bench, that’s fine.

‘They want to put me in the bank with that salary? I think that’s fine too.’

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