Gareth Bale goal for Spurs sparks GB backlash as stay-away star could face ban

25 July 2012 10:12
Gareth Bale has been accused of turning his back on the Olympics and putting club before country.

The Wales winger made a goalscoring return for Tottenham on the club's US tour despite declaring himself unfit for Olympic duty.

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     HAVE YOUR SAY.  Should Gareth Bale be banned during the Olympics?He started and scored for Spurs against LA Galaxy - despite being ruled out of the Olympics through injury. Sepp Blatter says he could be banned if the FA complains.TELL US WHAT YOU THINKAfter leading her team to victory over New Zealand in GB women's Olympic debut, captain Casey Stoney said: 'I don't understand it he wouldn't want to miss this.

'We've been in close contact with the guys and they're as overwhelmed by this as we are. They're amazed and ecstatic as well.

'Don't think just because they're pros they're not (ecstatic) because, speaking to them, they really are.

'It was a dream come true today. You have so many ups and downs in your career and you have to fight so many obstacles, especially as a female playing football. Nobody's had it easy. You don't get to the top by taking it easy.'

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Bale could be banned from playing for Spurs for the duration of the Games if the FA lodge a complaint, although that appears unlikely, with officials reluctant to fuel the controversy ahead of Great Britain men's first game against Senegal at Old Trafford on Thursday and the opening ceremony on Friday.

The ban would only cover four pre-season games anyway.

Blatter said: 'FIFA's position has never been so clear than it is for the Olympics 2012 and 2016.

Source: Daily_Mail