Tottenham’s Gareth Bale brands Charlie Adam a ‘coward’ for tackle
Tottenham's Gareth Bale brands Charlie Adam a "coward" after being injured by the Liverpool midfielder for a second time
Gareth Bale has branded Charlie Adam “a coward” after the midfielder’s challenge left the Welsh winger injured in a pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Tottenham on Saturday.
The Scotland international was fortunate to escape punishment after a dangerous tackle on Bale in the 19th minute resulted in the Spurs midfielder being substituted at half-time.
Bale, who withdrew from Team GB’s football team due to a back injury, was seen leaving the M & T Bank Stadium with a protective cast on his left ankle.
The pair have previous history, with Adam injuring Bale during Blackpool’s trip to White Hart Lane in 2011, resulting in the winger missing three months due to ankle ligament damage.
“He’s a bit of a coward,” he told the Daily Mail. “It’s flattering if players try to take you out in a game but when it threatens your career it becomes more serious.
“What he did was over the top. Some people are like that and it’s just wrong.
“There are pictures on the internet of what he did before when he snapped all my ankle ligaments. I was out for three months that time. He’s come for me twice now – and he’s got me twice.
“When someone makes a very bad tackle on you, you expect an apology. I’ve had no apology. And I’m not going to accept his apology.”
Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker was also critical of Adam, suggesting the Liverpool midfielder is “jealous” of Bale.
“Gareth is a very good player. He needs protection,” Walker added.
“Players shouldn’t hate him. They should appreciate playing against a player like him. They can actually learn from him rather kick him.
“It’s simple. He [Adam] is jealous, as Gareth is such a good player.”