GARETH Bale has escaped punishment for an “obscene gesture” despite La Liga threatening a 12-game ban.
The Welshman made a “derogatory” and “provocative” arm sign after coming off the bench to hit the clincher – his 100th goal for Real Madrid – in a 3-1 win at Atletico9.
But after the referee made no mention of the incident in his match report Spanish football chiefs have let the 29-year-old off.
La Liga initially responded to Bale’s gesture by warning the £86million attacker could be suspended for “four to twelve games” – with a month thought more likely.
The League issued a statement saying: “In the 73rd minute of the game, after scoring his team’s third goal, Real Madrid player Gareth Bale, who had been booed by the local fans, celebrated by raising his right hand close to his head, in a provocative gesture to the supporters, then in a gesture of possible obscene and derogatory meaning doubled his arm while cutting across the middle of it with his other hand.”
Bale’s past struggles with injuries and current failure to earn a regular starting place have added to doubts that he has never properly settled in at Real after moving from Tottenham in 2013.
And the suspicion Bale is growing increasingly frustrated in Spain soared further with a bizarre clash following his penalty match-winner in Sunday’s 2-1 triumph at Levante.
Bale earned criticism after pushing Lucas Vazquez away when the Spain right-winger came to congratulate him.
Yet the former Southampton kid has a decent record at the Bernabeu overall, at least in terms of his goals ratio.
He has now netted 101 times in 220 games.
Whatever happens, though, Bale will not be threatening the legacy of Real’s all-time great, Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus last summer for £100m.
Ronaldo left Madrid after 450 goals in 438 matches for the Spanish giants.
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