Gareth Bale has complained he had been harshly treated after the first red card of his Real Madrid career that cost the European champions the La Liga top spot in a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Las Palmas on Wednesday.
Bale kicked out at Jonathan Viera twice before finally pushing the Las Palmas midfielder to the ground early in the second half with the scores level at 1-1.
“I don’t believe that it was deserving of a red card,” the Welshman told Real Madrid TV. “I was shown the yellow for the foul, I was then pushed and I just pushed him back.
“I want to apologise to the team and the fans. I hope to learn from my mistake”.
Madrid looked set for a first home league defeat in a year as Las Palmas took advantage of Bale’s dismissal to lead 3-1 with just three minutes remaining through Viera and Kevin-Prince Boateng. However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s double salvaged a draw that keeps Real just a point adrift of league leaders Barcelona with a game in hand.
Madrid vice-captain Marcelo said Bale is aware his moment of madness had badly let his teammates down.
“I am not one to give him a clip round the ear, that is what I do to my children,” said the Brazilian. “Bale is old enough to know if he has made a mistake or not.
“These things happen in football, but hopefully it doesn’t happen again between now and the end of the season.”
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