sports nutrition products, with trips to the USA or Far East being little more than a marketing tool for the club, yet after the game between Liverpool and Spurs a whole saga has erupted after yet another ill-timed challenge on Gareth Bale was made.

Bale has been subject to an increasing number of shall we say ‘dubious’ challenges as his ability has become more and more evident, and most consider this rite of passage for a player who has such talent and ability. Players like Ronaldo and Silva are fouled time and time again and like it or not just have to learn to get up and get on with it – after the obligatory card waving and moaning at the referee of course. Yet the real fall out after the challenge on Bale was due to the player making the tackle being non other than Charlie Adam, who not so long ago made an equally naughty tackle on Bale, and this time the Spurs player spoke out quite strongly about it.

Whilst I doubt any footballer will ever release as eloquent a statement after a tackle and the resulting fall out as Vincent Kompany, Bale does make a valid point when questioning the nature of the tackle in a friendly, and given the history of ill feeling between the players and some of Adam’s past on the field challenges, one has to wonder if Bale has a point.

Obviously even in a friendly players want to win, and tackles are part and parcel of the game. Some seem innocuous at first and turn out to be damaging, and some are made by players who don’t have a reputation for being dirty, such as Martin Taylor on Eduardo, but turn out to be awful challenges but devoid of malice. Of course there are those players who seem to make poor challenges a little too many times for them to be let off the hook – Ryan Shawcross is one prime example here.

Yet with the challenge on Bale, it once again raises the question of if more protection should be given to so called ‘flare’ players, in order for them to play their best and most scintillating football and really be able to shine. Think back to the 2010 World Cup final, where Holland tried in no uncertain terms to kick Spain off the field – not exactly a great spectacle for the beautiful game.

Do we really want players like Bale to be subjected to poor tackles time and time again, to the detriment of the game we are watching? I am not for a second suggesting that football becomes a non-contact sport, the tackle made by Kompany which resulted in such debate over the red card to me was not worthy of a sending off in any way, shape or form, but deliberately setting out to hurt a player is something that cannot be tolerated and has to be stopped, so why is Bale left to defend himself yet again?

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  • Peter Ag.
    2 years ago

    Agreed – worse still if dirty and malicious foul play like Adam’s isn’t pushed out then how can we hope to stop strikers in their turn from diving to the ground … one type of foul play propagates other questionable conduct which does not make for a great spectacle …

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    • hyperbeat
      2 years ago

      Bad challange from Adam, but that does not change the fact that Bale will be certain to get a job in Hollywood once he hang up his boots. And by the way ‘the Bale actor’ should not even be playing as he is out with an injury!!!

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  • Yorkie
    2 years ago

    “Flair” not “flare”. Pet peeve.

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    • scoot
      2 years ago

      hahaha. owned!!

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  • Salomon
    2 years ago

    Whats so special about Bale. These kind of ugly tackles is frequently seen without any fuzz.
    But when it is Bale he need to cry officially.
    Move to Italy is my advise.

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    • roman
      2 years ago

      “advice” not “advise”. Pet peeve.

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    • james
      2 years ago

      learn how to spell..then insult someone who, regardless of reputation or ability, doesn’t deserve to be attacked on the field with filthy tackles like Adams is making.

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      • Ant
        2 years ago

        Filthy tackle??? It was a nothing tackle that is being used so Bale can spend ANOTHER season hitting the turf. Take your Spurs gigs off.

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        • SP
          2 years ago

          Liverpool fans mistaking loyalty to club for blindness to the point of idiocy are almost as much a disgrace as this moronic agent who is almost as much of a disgrace as his thug client.
          Firstly, when I first saw it, live (yeah, like, I actually watch football), I didn’t think there was much in it – and I’m a Spurs fan. Since then I have seen it in real time, again, and from the left and the right in slow motion. In real time, it still looks rather innocuous. From the left (Bale’s left) you can see that he catches the ankle in a downward motion, but, still, just looks clumsy. But form the right, what you see is that the ball has gone, which, presumably, Adam was lunging at while being miles away, and he pulls his foot in and rakes it down about six inches onto his ankle. I defy anyone to actually find this and then claim there w\s nothing in it.

          Secondly, the bacakground is from when Adam played for Blackppol. Both players are out on the touchline. Bale has clear control of the ball. Adam clearly looks down at Bale’s ankle, and then stamps onto it – the ball is nowhere near. Now, I’ve played football and I cannot think of one instance where stamping on a ball has any beneficial effect for a player. Bale was out for three months with ligament damage (so, no faking there). Again, I defy anyone to watch this several times in slow motion and deny that this is exactly what happened. This inicident was far worse than the more recent one, but, given this history I don’t think you can blame Gareth Bale, or anyone else, for connecting the two – it is like Charlie Adam is on a one man mission to ruin Bale’s career.

          I always used to respect Liverpool fans, admire them, even…but come on. I am as passionate for my club as the next fan, but I can always admit, especially in retrospect when the video evidence is staring me in the face, when one of my team’s players has committed a bad foul – or done anything else wrong.

          As for the idea that Bale deserved it for not being at the Olympics – the British Olympic team rejected Bale from the squad because they decided he wasn’t fit. So, efectively, Spurs decided to give a plyer who was recovering from injury a run-out in a friendly to see how far along he was, weeks after the original injury had been diagnosed. That really was a nothing story.

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        • Ant
          2 years ago

          Why cant i reply to sh*te posted below?

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        • Ant
          2 years ago

          Ah i can…where to start with this mind blowing blindness and attempt at some kind of rationale. I watched the game live and thought nothing of it. see tackles like that 10 times a game. Bale’s and AVB’s response though has made them – and the blind frothing spurs masses like you – a laughing stock. I used to respect spurs, never win anything but always good value. half a season near the top and 1 good run in the CL and your billy big boll*cks all of a sudden! ha!

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        • SimYid
          2 years ago

          It was not a tackle in any way, shape or form. It was an intentional FOUL that has no place in any FRIENDLY match

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        • Will
          2 years ago

          It was from behind with studs showing and it hurt him you idiot.
          So HOW was it a nothing tackle?

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        • realist
          2 years ago

          Perhaps the likes of Ant explain why British players lack the skill of many of the foreign players. This lauding of neanderthals that can’t even time a simple tackle is one of the reasons. Myopia or bias seems the default setting for these lovers of “ale house brawlers”. Now that was an old Liverpool description deriding thugs that had no skill and excesses of malice. Fans of skill don’t need the appeasers of the Ant species.

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        • John G
          2 years ago

          What are you on ? Obviously have very poor eyesight and not much between them.

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  • rolando
    2 years ago

    Bale needs to stop bitching. he was suppose to be injured anyway so its Karma!

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    • Dazran
      2 years ago

      If that’s the case I hope karma sticks one right on your chin .why don’t you stick to your own forums or are your other fans so boring and misled that you feel like you have to belittle true star players on spurs forum you sad little boy. The sooner you get back to doing your homework the better

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      • Ant
        2 years ago

        True star player??? hahahahaha. Big fish in the little team spurs pond, a team punching above its weight. But then spurs almost won the league…..in January!

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        • Dazran
          2 years ago

          Well he has received plaudits from people who actually know the game and not the ones like you that can only mange to play fifa12 . At least we were in the frame for the league in January , where was your team??? See I to can use three question marks

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    • wallace
      2 years ago

      “Supposed” not “suppose”

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    • Will
      2 years ago

      I can imagine your cries if it has been your best player but then people like you can’t think that far ahead.It is called hypocrisy.

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  • jh
    2 years ago

    Adams is a thug an Bales’ skill leaves him looking like a pussy. The only way he can stop him is by dirty scummy play.

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    • Ant
      2 years ago

      Bale is injury faking dive merchant.

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      • SP
        2 years ago

        Yeah, like, he was faking it when he was out injured when Adam stamped (STAMPED – like, when do you even ‘stamp’ on the ball playing football) when he played for Blackpool. If he is faking then you wouldn’t mind if every player of your team faced several of these challenges per game. No. Of course not, you mug, you would whinge the internet to the high-heavens.

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        • Ant
          2 years ago

          Utter utter bollocks you mug. diddums. did poor Gareth get tackled. Didnt like it did he the preening prima donna. NOTHING TACKLE. what about the other 483 times Bale dived without injury last season? I suppose those were all – in your mug eyes – terrible tackles. see he’s made a miraculous recovery from the worst tackle ever in the history of the game (TM Spurs). the fanny.

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  • cookiebun
    2 years ago

    There was enough noise (rightly so) made about this for this season’s Referees to take note. Adam will see a few red cards 2012/13.

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    • Ant
      2 years ago

      and this is what its all about. and so Bale can get a free kick when ever a strong wind blows him off his feet.

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      • tim
        2 years ago

        Your club so nearly went out of business, you had to have the media drum up support, begging for someone to save them, lfc are the past, spurs are the future, fantastic state of the art training complex, new modern stadium being built, fantastic star players, and very good youth players coming through, whats not to love, and our fanbase will grow and grow, as for adam, that coward will not want to get on a pitch against spurs this season, because sandro will be waiting for him, check out the you tube footage, him doing a roundhouse kick in the changing room.

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    • Si75
      2 years ago

      If thats the case then the following players will not finish a game this season.

      Scott Parker
      Alex Song
      Paul Scholes
      Cheick Tiote
      Nigel De Jong

      I could go on and on.

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      • Ant
        2 years ago

        Only as long as they don’t get too near poor precious Gareth.

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      • SP
        2 years ago

        And that is the big difference. As I Spurs fan, I can honestly say that I visibly cringe when a player like Scott Parker, who plays for my club, makes a poor challenge. Liverpool fans are totally delusionaland will not accept any type of wrongdoing by their palyers or criticism of them.
        It’s not being passionate, its being blind.

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        • Ant
          2 years ago

          A spurs fan calling another teams supporter delusional. the Irony!!!! You lot really are in a world of your on.

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  • DessySpur
    2 years ago

    Saloman and Rolando what a couple of knobheads you are

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  • ColinSC
    2 years ago

    Salomon and Rolando seem to advocate thuggery why am I not surprised. If a player on their team had gone through the same the story would change.

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    • James
      2 years ago

      Thuggery? Did Adam assault Bale? It was a foul on a football pitch a free kick was given! We see it all the time on Suarez but he just gets accused of diving like Bale!

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      • SP
        2 years ago

        I saw Suarez,face on to a player, literally stamping on his shin after the players foot had jit the turf – that is a career threatening foul, and, realising this, Suarez threw himself theatrically over clutching his head. The cameras don’t lie. I have never, ever, seen Bale doing anything even remotely comparable.
        Take off the goggles!

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        • Ant
          2 years ago

          For throwing your self theatrically to the ground look no further than the great Spurs hope Bale and Ashley Young. Nobody else in there league when it comes to diving.

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  • Harry but not that Harry
    2 years ago

    I wish it were Steven Gerrard that had been fouled in a similar manner by a Spurs player . Gerrard shows his skills and runs past a Spurs player only for another Spurs player to rake his studs on Gerrard’s ankle from behind.
    Only when we get rid of this mentality from the British football mindset will we perhaps see an improvement technically.

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    • Ant
      2 years ago

      ‘Get rid of this mentality’ – i take it you mean diving and faking injury to slander and oppo player.

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      • Harry but not that Harry
        2 years ago

        Had it been merely a trip, you would see criticism of Bale from me . An Adam booking would’ve then been in order but as it were a rake down Bale’s ankle, Adam should’ve been red carded , friendly match or not. You and others condone this because due to your dislike of Bale.

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  • Jake
    2 years ago

    Adam is NOT a dirty player, he’s just very poor at tackling, Liverpool fans have questioned his tackling ability all season, concedes far to many fouls. However, Bale needs to grow up, sounds like a whinging toddler.

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    • DessySpur
      2 years ago

      So do you Jake pathetic

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      • SSG
        2 years ago

        So Jake, I suppose you’ll be quite happy when skillful players like Bale or Suarez are all injured and out of football and nothing but hardmen like good ol’ Charlie remain.

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