The presence of Gareth Bale in the next league commitments of Real Madrid is suspended. The Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) has denounced to the Federation Competition Committee the celebration that the Welsh attacker made in the derby against Atlético last Saturday and the player is exposed to a penalty of up to 12 matches if his gesture as a spirited provocation to the public. Bale could miss, among other commitments, the duel against Barcelona on 3 March.
"In the 73rd minute of the match, and after scoring Real Madrid CF's player, Gareth Bale, dorsal 11, his team's third goal, in the celebration of this, being heard in the audiovisual recording of the game some boos from part of the local fans, shake the right arm taking it to the proximity of his head, in a predictable sign of encouraging provocation to the public, making later a gesture of possible obscene and contemptuous meaning raising the arm bent and hitting in the middle of it with the other hand ", describes in the statement published by the body chaired by Javier Tebas.
LaLiga warns that the gestures made by Bale, including an apparent comb, are "among the actions prohibited and sanctioned" by the Disciplinary Code of the RFEF and recalls that the body "punishes" behavior that threatens sporting dignity and decorum, those contrary to good sporting order; and in a specific way, the provocations to the public "both in cases where animosity is provoked or not in the public".
Therefore, the body suggests that the player is sanctioned according to different articles of the aforementioned Disciplinary Code. "The CD of the RFEF typifies, in a general way, the conducts that undermine the sports dignity and decorum (in its article 89) and those contrary to the good sporting order (in its articles 100 and 122), and in a concrete way, the provocations to the public, in its articles 93 -for cases in which animosity is provoked in the public- and 121 -for those cases in which this animosity can not be provoked, "describes LaLiga.
The sanction is waiting for the Committee to confirm that the celebration and gestures of Bale were a provocation to the public. If he so decides, the Welshman would be punished with between one and 12 suspension meetings, depending on how his provocation is valued. In case he considers that he obtains the intended purpose of provoking the animosity of the public, the sanction would go from four to 12 parties; if such animosity is not obtained, the suspension will be from one to three meetings or for a period of up to one month.
If this is not considered, says LaLiga, the Committee will have to clarify whether the denounced celebration constitutes, in any case, a conduct that threatens sporting dignity and decorum or that is contrary to good sportsmanship, in the terms provided in the Articles 89, 100 and 122 of the CD of the RFEF.