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Gareth Bale says countries with racist fans should be kicked out by Uefa and ‘they’ll learn their lesson that way’

Gareth Bale says countries with racist fans should be kicked out by Uefa and ‘they’ll learn their lesson that way’
WALES winger Gareth Bale believes countries with racist fans should be booted out of competitions in a bid to kick out abuse. The Real Madrid forward, 32, was giving his views on what action governing bodies need to make to combat racism from supporters in stadiums. 2Gareth Bale has hit out at racist fans and…

WALES winger Gareth Bale believes countries with racist fans should be booted out of competitions in a bid to kick out abuse.

The Real Madrid forward, 32, was giving his views on what action governing bodies need to make to combat racism from supporters in stadiums.

Gareth Bale has hit out at racist fans and claimed that countries should be kicked out of tournaments

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Gareth Bale has hit out at racist fans and claimed that countries should be kicked out of tournamentsCredit: Reuters

England star Raheem Sterling had abuse hurled at him after scoring against Hungary

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England star Raheem Sterling had abuse hurled at him after scoring against HungaryCredit: PA

Bale has been speaking on the matter after Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subject to abuse during England’s 4-0 win against Hungary on Thursday.

Fifa have subsequently launched an investigation after the Three Lions stars were targeted by vile yobs.

Commenting on the situation prior to Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Sunday, Bale said: “It is frustrating.

“I don’t know why they launch these investigations that take so long. It is clear to see.

“It has been picked up on camera, by journalists, I really don’t get why there needs to be such a big investigation. It is clear that it happened.

“It does not matter if it happened a little or a lot. The action needs to be taken to stop it.

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“Whether you ban the fans from the stadium or if they keep repeatedly doing it, which seems to be what is happening, then you ban the country from the competition.

“I think it kicks it out straight away. If that country keeps making these horrible gestures, then maybe the best thing to do is to get rid of them, give them a suspension and hopefully they will learn their lesson that way.”

Bale also went on to say how he would be prepared to walk off the pitch should a team-mate be subject to racist abuse.

He added: “If it happened to any of our players and they wanted to walk off the pitch I’d be fully for it.

“At the end of the day, football qualifiers are important but these matters come way above football.

“If it happened to any of us and we decided to leave the pitch because we feel we weren’t getting the protection or being treated the right way – if the only way to get a response was to walk off then yes I’d be fully for it.

“At the end of the day it’s the right thing to do and it’s more important than football.”

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