Tottenham Hotspur have come out in defence of their star winger Gareth Bale after a recent storm over his withdrawal from Team GB at the Olympics. The North London side have voiced their displeasure after FIFA president Sepp Blatter suggested that the Welshman must be banned from club appearances after dropping out of the Olympic squad but playing for Spurs in a pre-season friendly, reported WalesOnline.
Bale had declared himself unavailable for the Team GB squad, that would compete at the London Olympics, due to a back injury picked up in May. However, the player started for Spurs and even scored the opener in their 1-1 draw against MLS side LA Galaxy. This led Blatter to comment on the player’s commitment towards national duty and called for FA to impose a ban for the length of the 2012 Olympics.
The club issued a statement saying, “The club considers the recent comment and accusations regarding Gareth Bale’s fitness relating to his non-selection for Team GB’s men’s football team to be wholly unacceptable and unjustified. This decision [to omit Bale from Team GB] was not taken lightly and made only after consultation with Team GB’s medical team.”
Meanwhile, the Welshman also received backing from BOA chairman Lord Colin Moynihan who clarified that the Welshman was ruled out due to speculations that the 23 year-old would not recover in time for the Games. The player has managed to recover well in time to join Spurs in time for their pre-season tour and is likely to feature for Spurs in the rest of their American tour.