Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spurs Ace Bale Tackles Claims He Is a Diver

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spurs Ace Bale Tackles Claims He Is a Diver

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GARETH BALE has rejected claims he dives and insists the only reason he goes to ground so often is because he needs to get out of the way of potentially career-threatening tackles.

Bale became one of the most highly-rated players in world football last year after some stunning displays for Tottenham both at home and in Europe.

He has continued his meteoric rise this term, scoring 11 goals and providing countless assists to help the Londoners into third place in the Barclays Premier League. One of the few criticisms aimed at the speedy Welshman is he goes to ground too easily - an accusation which surfaced most recently when he appeared to drag his trailing leg in order to win a penalty against Arsenal two weeks ago.

The former Southampton man insists he is no diver, however, claiming he only hits the deck so much because he is trying to swerve the late challenges of opposition players. …

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