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Watch: ‘Sack Bale’ TV host’s astonishing tirade at Wales talisman

25 Mar 2022 3 minute read
Gareth Bale. Photo by joncandy, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As Wales continues to bask in Gareth Bale’s majestic performance in yesterdays World Cup play off win over Austria, the reaction to the Welsh icon in the Spanish press has taken a decidedly dark turn.

Despite helping Real Madrid to 14 trophies, the Spanish paper Marca lunched a sickening attack on Bale yesterday, calling him a parasite and accusing him of “sucking up the club’s money”.

Not to be outdone, guests on the late-night discussion show El Chiringuito piled in on the skipper after his stunning two-goal performance against Austria last night.

In an astonishing attack, pundits on the show accused Bale of “stamping on the club” and called for Real Madrid to immediately fire him.

One of the journalists in the studio added, “he (Bale) is going to carry on lacking respect for the badge and the institution” if he isn’t fired.

Earlier today Bale spoke out on the impact of “derogatory” journalism on sports stars’ mental health after Marca’s attack.

In a message on social media, Bale  said that the “everyday pressures on athletes is immense” and said the Marca article was “slanderous, derogatory and speculative”.

“At a time where people are taking their own lives because of the callousness and relentlessness of the media, I want to know, who is holding these journalists and the news outlets that allow them to write articles like this, accountable?” he asked.

“Fortunately I have developed a thick skin during my time in the public spotlight, but that doesn’t mean articles like these don’t cause damage and upset personally and professionally to those at the receiving end of these malicious stories.

“I have witnessed the toll the media can take on peoples mental and physical health.

“The media expect superhuman performances from professional athletes, and will be the first to celebrate with them when they deliver, yet instead of commiserating with them when they show an ounce of human error, they are torn to shreds instead, encouraging anger and disappointment in their fans.

Pressure

“The everyday pressures on athletes is immense, and It’s as clear as day, how negative media attention could easily send an already stressed athlete, or anybody in the public eye, over the edge.

“I hope that by the time our children are of an age where they are able to ingest news, that journalism ethics and standards will have been enforced more stringently.

“So I want to use my platform to encourage change in the way we publicly talk about, and criticise people, simply for the most part, not meeting the often unrealistic expectations that are projected onto them.

“We all know who the real Parasite is!”


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Andrew
Andrew
4 months ago

Lucky for Gareth he’s Welsh. We all have skin like Rhino’s after millennia of abuse. The tide is turning.

Quornby
Quornby
4 months ago

Is’nt Real the fascist half of Madrid?

arthur owen
4 months ago
Reply to  Quornby

Perhaps so,but that is the side that Bale joined.My view of Bale is great footballer but not very professional.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago

Real Madrid fans & Spanish media are blaming one man, Gareth Bale, for their club woes forgetting it’s a team game.

He’s won so many tournaments singlehanded. They should thank him on their hands &;knees rather than lambast one of the greatest decorated wingers ever to grace any football pitch.

Anyway. Bale has nothing to prove to those bitter Spanish onions. And they must get this into their thick skulls that Wales will always be his priority not Real Madrid.

Last edited 4 months ago by Y Cymro

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