Zinedine Zidane's Reaction To Gareth Bale’s Controversial Flag Celebration After Wales' Euro 2020 Qualifier
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has refused to punish Gareth Bale after his controversial flag celebration mocked the Spanish club, according to reports.
The 30-year-old Welsh winger helped his side book their place for Euro 2020 as Wales defeated Hungary 2-0 on Tuesday night.
But Bale, who wanted to leave Madrid in the summer, caused friction with Los Blancos supporters as he celebrated with his international teammates while holding a flag that said: "Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order."
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Zidane won't take personal action with Bale upon his return from international duty and is more focused with his performances in a Madrid shirt.
'Zizou,' who told Bale he could leave Los Blancos in the summer, doesn't want to add any further strain on his relationship with the Madrid wantaway.
While Zidane is willing to overlook the controversy, Bale could receive a hostile reception from Madrid supporters upon his return.
However, the Spanish media have been brutal towards the former Spurs ace and slammed him for his behaviour on the pitch.
Spanish publication Madrid Sports tweeted a video of the incident and wrote: "We have always defended you, Gareth Bale.
"We have had patience with your injuries, we have celebrated your goals and assists, and we have defended your passion for golf and your limited Spanish.
"But enough is enough. As it says on the flag, you are laughing at Madrid."
Journalist Manu Sainz added: "Bale knows he will be able to leave Madrid in January if he forces a move, but this is getting out of hand."
And another reporter, Ruben Martin, called out the Wales international for "laughing at Madrid" and said he "doesn't deserve to wear the shirt."
He continued: "And he shouldn't wear it again. Ever."
Bale, whose current deal expires in 2022, has managed seven appearances across all competitions for Madrid this season.
And the Welshman was on the verge of leaving Madrid in the summer for a move to the Chinese Super League, only for the deal to collapse in late July.
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