Bale doesn't dive! Spurs boss Redknapp backs under-fire midfielder
Harry Redknapp has leapt to Gareth Bale's defence amid accusations the Tottenham midfielder is a serial diver.
Bale is the only player this season
to have been booked twice for simulation – picking up yellow cards
against Swansea and Liverpool.
Fall guy: Bale was criticised by some pundits after winning a penalty in their 5-2 defeat at Arsenal.
The finger was pointed at Bale again last Sunday when he was accused of taking a deliberate tumble when winning his side's penalty in the 5-2 defeat at Arsenal.
But Redknapp claims his flying winger is being victimised by defenders and their roughhouse tactics aimed at stopping the 22-year-old at any cost.
Backing: Harry Redknapp
'He gets kicked from pillar to post most Saturdays and it's not justified – he doesn't dive,' said Redknapp.
'He runs and changes direction so quick that he gets chopped down an awful lot. He gets kicked and that's part of what he's got to accept. 'Great players have that – [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, they'll get that sort of treatment, people tend to scythe them down.
'It is hard to stop them by fair means. When people have the ability to do that he has to accept it. How many times have people been booked for kicking him
'A lot of people are chopping him down rather than him going down under no challenge.
'The Messis of this world get chopped and kicked and get up and get on with it. He never misses a game, plays every week.
'Messi is the best in world and Gareth is a great young player with a fantastic future and he has to accept it's part of it. 'It's a compliment – only way people can stop him is by fouling him.'