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Bale third in online poll for most embarrassing dive

ESPN staff
November 1, 2013
Bale's big night

Gareth Bale's attempt to win a penalty during Wednesday's 7-3 La Liga win over Sevilla at the Bernabeu has seen the former Tottenham winger branded a diver in Spain, which has seen him come third in a poll for the most embarrassing dive of all-time.

Bale had a first start at the Bernabeu to remember - scoring twice and setting up goals for team-mates Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo as Madrid triumphed in the frantic encounter. He also courted controversy though - with an unfortunate attempt to win a penalty during the second half which was ignored by referee Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes.

Speaking on Spanish TV after Wednesday's match at the Bernabeu, Bale gave his own personal interpretation of the laws of the game, which appears to involve him thinking he can protect himself by getting out of the way of a potential challenge, and also be awarded a free for doing so.

Canal Plus interviewer Ricardo Sierra asked: "We have seen something which is not usual for a player who has been in the Premier League, going down in the area with no touch from the defender. What happened?"

To which Bale replied: "Yeah, I was going at pace, and to be honest I felt a touch…"

Sierra interrupts: "There was no touch..."

Bale: "I felt something. I thought he was going to pull a leg out on me, so as usual I try and avoid the contact. But ...em ... it was not a penalty and we move on."

Marca decided against moving on immediately, and on Thursday included Bale's 'effort' in an online poll to determine the most embarrassing dive of all-time.

On Friday morning Bale was in third place, behind Neymar's spectacular fall against Uruguay in last summer's Confederations Cup and the infamous cheeky attempt by Chile U-20 defender Bryan Carrasco during a South American Under-20s World Cup qualification match against Ecuador in February 2011.

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