Gareth Bale’s spat with Liverpool midfielder, Charlie Adam, could grow worse when the teams meet home and away this season. Their feud is already fiery after Adam left Bale on crutches for the second time in his career.
Bale was reportedly furious with Adam after the Scot’s dangerous challenge during Liverpool’s pre-season friendly with Spurs in the US.
It was not the first time Adam and Bale have been in controversy, however; the Welshman was sidelined for three months after a nasty Adam challenge in 2011.
The tackle forced Bale to leave the field but post-match scans have revealed the injury is not as bad as first feared. Nevertheless, the Spurs winger felt fit to brand Adam a “coward”, and demanded an apology.
With no apology forthcoming, their spat seems destined to continue into the season, with Spurs scheduled to host the Reds at White Hart Lane on 27 November, a match that is already attracting the attention of fans on the Betfair football betting page.
Should Adam play any part in that fixture, expect a furious home crowd to lay into the midfielder, while Liverpool fans will no doubt do the same to Bale if the feud continues.
A similar situation is already in the works between Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross and Arron Ramsey, of Arsenal. During their match in February 2010, Shawcross broke Ramsey’s leg, after a determined effort to play the ball.
Shawcross and the club made sure their apology was aired, but the extent to which Ramsey and Arsenal have forgiven the defender is still up for debate.
Because of this, Arsenal and Stoke fans regularly boo these respective opposing players. Gunners are livid that Shawcross’ actions weren’t more harshly dealt with, while Stoke fans feel the incident has left a stain on the club.
The same situation looks set to develop out of the Bale and Adam feud, with the latter’s agent now demanding an apology off Spurs for the “coward” accusations.
Speaking of injuries; problems in Aston Villa’s squad have clouded the arrival of Feyenoord centre back, Ron Vlaar.