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Gareth Bale and that ‘Wales, golf, Madrid’ flag – was it out of order?

Gareth Bale has been criticised over in Spain for celebrating Wales advancing through to Euro 2020 by holding a flag which read ‘WALES, GOLF, MADRID. IN THAT ORDER’.

It meant that he prioritized playing for Wales and having time to play 18 holes on the golf course over making appearances for his La Liga side Real Madrid.

That is something he has been hardly getting however, with Bale last playing for Real on the 5th of October and his return to international duty was dubbed by the Spanish media as the ‘Miracle in Wales’.

‘Wales. Golf. Madrid’ was turned into a chant by Welsh fans inside the Cardiff City Stadium earlier this week, and Bale admitted he found the song amusing, and it certainly went down badly in Spain.

Spanish newspaper Marca ran a poll which at on Tuesday and it found that 75% of respondents label Bale’s celebration as showing ‘a lack of respect for the club and fans’, with many tweeting to demand he was got rid of and would be lucky of he ever played for Madrid again.

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Sports correspondent Tom Allnutt for AFP in Spain said: “Some early Madrid reaction to Bale’s banner – completely out of hand, finished at Madrid, inexcusable, should never wear the shirt again – and there will be more…”

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When asked about the sarcasm aimed at him in Spain prior to the match against Hungary, Bale said: “I’ve heard some stories but I don’t really take notice.

“My friends tend to send me some funny pictures or whatever they write.

“I find it hilarious to be honest, especially some of the pictures and stuff my friends send me. On one, it said ‘triple bogey’ and I’ve never had a triple bogey! At least give me an albatross! It’s funny.

“Maybe to them [the Spanish media] it doesn’t look great but it’s just a kind of coincidence that the national team comes around this week and I’ve returned to full training.

“If I’m fit, no matter where I am, I’m going to try to play, whether it be for Wales or Madrid. For me it was a no-brainer: if I’m fit to play then I’ll give it my all.”


So was it out of order or just a bit of fun?

It certainly produced a debate on social media who had reasons for and against the controversial banner – see what they wrote on the next page.


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