'O'Shea can count his lucky stars' - Didi Hamann hits out at Gareth Bale's 'reckless' tackle on Ireland defender
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.
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.
How was Bale not sent off here? Ref been excellent got that wrong— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) March 24, 2017
Absolutely, he's nowhere near the ball, O'Shea very lucky. Coleman unfortunately not. Two outrageous challenges https://t.co/hmOyROjkh0— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) March 24, 2017
Why do people talk about a players good character when they go over the top of the ball and risk injury to opponents as Bale and Taylor did?— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) March 24, 2017
This is for all the morons trying to tell me that Bale went for the ball.Cowardly. O'Shea can count his lucky stars. pic.twitter.com/JtPx83cFAq— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) March 24, 2017
It's not about intention, they are reckless challenges which O'Shea escaped by pure luck. https://t.co/gUGPfs0ZRu— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) March 24, 2017
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.