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Gareth Bale, Tottenham Hotspur

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Spurs footaller, Gareth Bale, had to be substituted at half-time and left the stadium wearing a protective boot over his left ankle after a tough tackle by Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam in the 18th minute.

It is the second time Bale has been injured in a tackle by Adam. In May 2011 the Welsh winger was left with ruptured ankle ligaments and was out for three months after a horrific tackle by Adam who was then playing for Blackpool.

In a rare instance of a player publicly criticising a fellow professional, Bale has suggested that the latest incident, during which Adam lunged wildly at the 23 year-old from behind with little chance of winning the ball, was no accident.

“There are pictures on the internet of what he did before when he snapped all my ankle ligaments. I was out for three months that time and one player told me he went out to do the same thing to me again," said Bale.

“I was surprised to see a challenge like that in a friendly. We’re all over here to build our fitness and get a good workout and what he did was over the top, to be honest. But some people are like that and it’s just wrong.”

Spurs manager, Andre Villas-Boas insisted that Adam should apologise to Bale. The Spurs boss said that his player was lucky to escape hospital.

“I can never doubt Charlie’s integrity but it is a very, very nasty challenge. The player is gone and he comes in from behind on Gareth’s ankle. I did not know the previous history between the two. I know now,” said AVB.

Bale continued, “From what I’ve seen of him on pitch, I think he’s a bit of a coward. He’s done it before. He’s obviously come for me twice now – and he’s got me twice.

“All I want to do is play my game and play it in the right way. It’s flattering when players try to take you out in a game but when it threatens your career, it becomes more serious than that.

“I would have understood if it had it been a slightly mistimed tackle, even though it was just a friendly. But the ball was 10 yards past him already and was nowhere near him when he came through my ankle.”

Bale has received no apology from Adam.

“He didn’t say anything to me afterwards. I’ve had no apology,” Bale said. “When someone makes a very bad tackle on you in a game you expect him to come up and apologise.

"I’ve had no apology from him and I don’t really want one from him to be honest. I’m not going to accept his apology,” added Bale.

“I haven’t ever done anything to him.”

When asked how his ankle is Bale said sore.

“Sore – very, very sore. We’ll have to wait and see how it goes. I’ll probably have to have a scan.”

But Bale’s Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker thinks he knows why Bale was tackled so roughly by Adam.

“It’s simple. Adam is jealous as Gareth is such a good player. It just keeps coming up that he doesn’t really like him.

“Gareth is a very good player. He needs protection. Players shouldn’t hate him but appreciate playing against a player like him. They can actually learn from him rather kick him.”

Bale pulled out of the Great Britain Olympic squad citing a back injury, but then played and scored in Tottenham’s pre-season tour before Team GB had even played their first match.

Sepp Blatter, the Fifa President, said Bale could be banned from taking part in club games for the duration of the Games.

The new signing from Roma, Fabio Borini, made his debut. Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard played 30 minutes against Tottenham in his first preseason appearance.

Brendan Rodgers is the new manager of Liverpool.

Spurs winger Gareth Bale had an instant chance to break the deadlock, running clear on goal straight from kick-off, but his effort at Brad Jones was deflected out for a corner, which the Reds then cleared.

Stewart Downing made his first preseason appearance.

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