Thursday 21 September 2017

'O'Shea can count his lucky stars' - Didi Hamann hits out at Gareth Bale's 'reckless' tackle on Ireland defender

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Liverpool legend Didi Hamann thinks Gareth Bale was lucky not to be sent off moments before Seamus Coleman's leg was broken by Wales defender Neil Taylor.

In the passage of play before the Ireland captain's injury in last night's World Cup qualifier against Wales, Bale challenged John O'Shea as he cleared the ball, narrowly avoiding a similar incident to Coleman's.

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Martin O'Neill revealed after the match that O'Shea was left with a 'nasty shin injury' as a result, and Hamann took to Twitter to condemn Bale for the incident.

The former Reds midfielder sent a number of tweets about Bale's tackle, staunchly disagreeing with people who said that the Real Madrid star shouldn't have been sent off.

Taylor was sent off for the foul on Coleman, but Bale stayed on the pitch, with Wales manager Chris Coleman later saying that his star player plans on appealing his yellow card ahead of the next World Cup qualifier.

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