Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam has been branded a coward by Gareth Bale following a tough tackle by the Scot on the Spurs man in a friendly.
Adam’s challenge came in his side’s pre-season friendly against Spurs (7/4 To Beat Newcastle on The Opening Day) during the sides’ tour of America, and it left Bale on crutches as a precautionary measure. It is the second time Adam has hurt Bale, with the previous incident happening in May 2011 when Adam was at Blackpool (16/1 To Win The Championship). On that occasion, Bale suffered ligament damage that kept him sidelined for three months.
Bale said: “He's a bit of a coward. What he did was over the top. Some people are like that and it's just wrong. 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. He's come for me twice now - and he's got me twice. When someone makes a very bad tackle on you, you expect an apology. I've had no apology. And I'm not going to accept his apology.”(Liverpool 2/1 Top 4 Finish)
Bale wasn’t alone at Spurs (33/1 To Win The League) in criticising Adam, with team-mate Jermaine Jenas also commenting: “I think it’s a joke. It’s not the first time it’s happened with Charlie and Gareth. We’re not happy about it, it’s pre-season, a friendly”. Manager Andre Villas-Boas meanwhile was more pragmatic, suggesting Adam should apologise directly to Bale if they wish to put the matter behind them.