Bale angry at diving claim after Spurs sink Sunderland

15:33 29 December 2012

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Tottenham's Gareth Bale. Photo: PA

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Gareth Bale was clearly frustrated after being booked for diving during Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Sunderland today.

The Wales forward is now getting an unenviable reputation as a diver and today he was given a yellow card after going to ground following a tackle by Craig Gardner.

For Bale it overshadowed the victory which saw them move just three points behind second-placed Manchester City in third in the Barclays Premier League.

He told Sky Sports 2: “It’s the same thing every time - it’s the third time this season I’ve been clipped.

“There is nothing I can do about it - the referees have to look a bit closer.

“If I get contact there it is a penalty or free kick.

“What do you expect me to do if I there is contact and I go over - hit my head on the floor?

“I am not going to stop going because it is a foul.

“People can say what they want, it doesn’t bother me.”

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was also annoyed by Bale’s yellow card which now rules him out of the next match against Reading on New Year’s Day.

He told Sky Sports 2: “I think it is completely unfair he misses the Reading game for such a big mistake.”

Villas-Boas added: “I understand the reputation that is created on the surface. But it’s a bit unfair. I don’t think it mars the game but Gareth was one away from missing a game. We just have to let it go.”

Of the outcome, the Portuguese added: “Very good. I think we made the game a little bit more difficult; in the first half we dominated and had the best chances but then went a goal down from a set play.

“We came very strong mentally in the second half and I think we got what we deserved. An excellent performance.”

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