GARETH BALE APOLOGISES TO REAL-MADRID TEAM-MATES AFTER BEEN SENT OFF IN A 3-3 AT HOME TO LAS PALMAS

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane revealed Gareth Bale had apologised to his team-mates after being sent off in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Las Palmas on Wednesday night.

The Welshman was given his marching orders in the 47th minute of the match after shoving Las Palmas’ Jonathan Viera to the ground.

The red card was Bale’s first dismissal in a competitive match since October 2008, when the forward was still at Tottenham.

When asked about the incident Zidane said: “He [Gareth Bale] has apologised. He is not happy with the expulsion. This can happen, it is a fact of the game and we cannot change it.”

Bale initially clipped Viera’s heel’s as the midfielder dribbled past the 28-year-old. When Viera turned around to remonstrate he was forcibly pushed to the ground by the uncharacteristically irate Welshman.

Speaking to Real Madrid TV after the match, Bale insisted the incident did not warrant a straight red card.

“I don’t believe that it was deserving of a red card. I was shown the yellow for the foul, I was then pushed and I just pushed him back. I want to apologise to the team and the fans. I hope to learn from my mistake.

“We’ve got a tough game this weekend at √Čibar and two days later we face Napoli in the Champions League. We have to keep on fighting in every game”.

With five minutes of normal time remaining in the match, Real Madrid were facing a 3-1 home defeat after Jonathan Viera had given the visitors the lead before Kevin-Prince Boateng doubled their advantage.

However a late Cristiano Ronaldo brace earned the home side a valuable point as Barcelona thrashed Sporting Gijon 6-1 to keep the pressure up on Real Madrid, who have a game in hand on their rivals.

The result leaves Real Madrid one point behind Barcelona in the table with one game in hand.

Gareth Bale now faces a three-match ban, just two weeks after he returned from three month injury lay-off.