Coleman Issues Warning On Bale

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Not like it will count for much, but Wales manager, Chris Coleman has warned Cyprus not to think about bullying forward Gareth Bale.

Cyprus employed strong-arm tactics against Bale, when they met and lost to Wales last October at Cardiff, in a match that saw them get five bookings.

Coleman is certain they’ll employ the same tactics when they meet on Thursday, but has warned them to back of.

“They gave him [Bale] a little bit and Cyprus are going to do what they’ve got to do to get a result,” Coleman said.

“But Gareth’s a strong boy and he knows how to ride a tackle. He can’t see everyone coming, but if he gets a clump I expect the referee – whether it’s in Wales or in Cyprus – to deal with it accordingly.

“We’re not asking for special treatment, we just want normal treatment.

“I remember going to Scotland and an ex-Scottish player said: ‘He can’t play if he hasn’t got any legs’.

“That’s fine if you want to try and go and kick him, as long as the referee sees that and deals with it we’ll play against nine men or 10 men, but in the last couple of years we’ve never been bullied.”



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