Las Palmas star Jonathan Viera has denied he insulted Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale to provoke the Welshman into getting sent off.
The teams met a couple of weeks ago and Viera refuted claims made by El Confidencial via his official twitter account that he had verbally attacked Bale.
The newspaper claimed he had called Bale a “white monkey” and “simian”.
Viera wrote: “I want to say publicly that in no moment of the game, or afterwards, did I insult Real Madrid player Gareth Bale.”
After Bale kicked out at him and then pushed him he was sent off and Madrid drew the game 3-3. However, Bale and his team are in good shape now considering La Liga’s title race.
The overarching objective to this Real Madrid season, arguably more than usual, is the LaLiga trophy and Los Blancos are relying on their head in more ways than one to achieve this ultimate goal.
Without a crown in the division for five years, the capital club re-took to the summit on the weekend with a late Sergio Ramos header that followed on from Cristiano Ronaldo’s header, completing a comeback win over Real Betis from a goal down.
It was in many ways a typical occasion as just under 30 percent of Real’s 69 LaLiga strikes this campaign have been delivered from the air.
This figure only drops a little when considering all competitions in 2016/17, with over a quarter of goals, 31, being headers.
Captain Ramos can boast 10 of these, six of which have come in the league, and so often the Spaniard helps his side to victories from behind, showing their mental resilience.
It’s not a coincidence that Madrid have gathered 16 points from losing positions in LaLiga so far, four wins and four draws, with only their next opponents, Athletic Club, managing more with 17.