The incident will be referred to the Spanish soccer federation’s competition committee, who will then decide if Bale should be punished.
The statement said Bale “lifted his right arm near his head in a clear sign of provocation towards the fans, then giving a gesture which could be seen as obscene and disdainful by folding his arm and striking it with his other hand”.
If the committee determines that Bale intentionally caused a hostile reaction among supporters, he will be banned for between four and 12 games, according to the federation’s statutes.
Bale could, however, be suspended for between one and three games if his celebration did not cause a hostile reaction but is deemed to have provoked supporters.
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Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could have an injury crisis on his hands ahead of Monday’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Chelsea.
The Norwegian suffered his first defeat since replacing Jose Mourinho back in December as the Red Devils were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League earlier in the week.
While that loss could derail United’s hopes of progression, there were two separate incidents at Old Trafford which could disrupt Solskjaer’s plan for next week’s game at Stamford Bridge.
Firstly Jesse Lingard – a scorer against Arsenal in the last round – limped off the field just before halftime, holding his hamstring as he was replaced by Alexis Sanchez.
Then as the teams remerged for the second half, Anthony Martial – also on target against the Gunners – was nowhere to be seen and as a result ex-Blues star Juan Mata came on in his place.
Solskjaer will now be left to sweat over the fitness of the pair as he prepares for Monday night’s FA Cup fifth round clash with the Blues, with both players recording three goals and two assists since the Norwegian arrived just before Christmas.
“Jesse and Anthony give us something, let’s hope they’re not too serious,” he told reporters after the game. “They’re muscle injuries, so we’ll just have to wait a couple of days.
“They [PSG] had the momentum after the first goal and controlled the game. You could see that we hadn’t played at this level for a while and we will have to learn.
“It was an experience that can go either way, it’s not going to be a season defining one, it’s one we have to learn from.”
Martial’s potential absence opens up a space on the left-wing and the most logical replacement for the Frenchman would be Sanchez despite his struggles since arriving from Arsenal over 12 months ago.
However, a large portion of United fans have sent a message to Solskjaer ahead of Chelsea fixture and it’s not good news for the Chilean forward.
In a poll ran on the Manchester United MEN Twitter account , 42% of supporters voted that they would rather see 19-year-old Tahith Chong start on the left against the west London outfit instead of Alexis.
Marcus Rashford was the fans second favourite choice behind Chong, while Sanchez received 19% of the vote and Mata got 5%.
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Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored at Old Trafford to hand the French giants the advtange before the second leg at Parc des Princes on March 6.
Brazilian Marquinhos, who bossed the midfield alongside Marco Verratti, highlighted a pre-match team meeting with Tuchel which he believes was key to PSG’s performance.
Marquinhos praised coach Thomas Tuchel for guiding Paris Saint-Germain to a crucial victory
‘This meeting was very important,’ the Brazilian, who usually plays centre back, said.
‘The coach gave us the strategy. He started with the defensive aspect, underlining the qualities of the opponents’ attack and their speed on the break.
‘He insisted on us not losing the ball too quickly after winning it back in midfield.’
German coach Tuchel took over from Unai Emery last year as the Qatari-backed club look to shine on the continental stage after four consecutive eliminations in the quarter-finals followed by two successive last 16 exits.
The victory was achieved despite star forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani being ruled out injured.
PSG stayed compact throughout, with Julian Draxler often dropping deep to strengthen the midfield.
Thiago Silva feels a solid defence helped beat Manchester United in Champions League clash
‘Defensively we were solid. We showed that with the right mindset we could do great things,’ captain Thiago Silva said.
Often criticised for missing the ‘club culture’ key to success in Europe, PSG entered the tie with confidence despite lacking two players who between them who have scored 30 goals in Ligue 1 and seven times in the Champions League.
‘It is not just thanks to the coach,’ said Silva.
‘It is also the whole staff who have been working to give us information on the other team. Everything the staff told us would happen on the pitch happened.’
Kylian Mbappe scored for PSG and stepped up in absence of Edinson Cavani and Neymar
Even without Neymar and Cavani.
‘They are world class players but we remain a world class team without them,’ added Draxler.
The Ligue 1 leaders, who have already almost secured the domestic title, now have three weeks to gear up for the second leg in Paris, where they will look to avoid a slip-up similar to the Nou Camp debacle.
‘We should stop being scared,’ said forward Kylian Mbappe who scored PSG’s second against United.
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Swansea City midfielder Matt Grimes claimed his spell at Leeds United was “not really a reflection” of his true ability following his side’s 2-1 defeat at Elland Road.
The 23-year-old was making his return to West Yorkshire for the first time since a season-long loan in LS11 under former Leeds boss Garry Monk in 2016-17.
Grimes made just one start for the club and six substitute appearances in a difficult campaign as the Whites missed out on a play-off spot on the final day of the season.
The midfielder has now appeared over 30 times for Graham Potter’s team since their relegation from the Premier League last summer having spent last year on loan in League One with Northampton Town.
Grimes, though, admitted he felt United had failed to see the best of his ability during his stint at the club, conceding it was a struggle to find his feet.
“Yeah, massively,” he told SwansTV when asked whether he had improved his overall game since.
“I think my time here was not really a reflection of what I can do. It was a struggle for myself but now I feel confident and good.
“I just want to keep giving good performances for the Swans.”
Grimes also played down the gulf between Leeds and Swansea during Wednesday’s game, saying: “In the first half we were just happy to let them have the ball at the back and then when they tried to play through us we pressed them.
“I thought we limited them to very few chances. I think the goals, I don’t quite remember them, but I know feeling like we weren’t under pressure.
“It’s not like they were having wave and wave of attacks. But you get sucker-punched with one or two goals and away from home it’s always going to be difficult to come back into it, especially at a place like this.”
Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg of the last-16 tie against Bayern and Klopp admits he may have to look for other solutions in defence, with Lovren unlikely to recover in time for the match.
“I don’t want to rule it out but I cannot really plan with it,” said Klopp.
“He is not here for good reasons, because he cannot be part of training. We are back on Friday. Then from Saturday on, Dejan is back at Melwood and we will see.
“But, of course, we have to prepare it differently. If Dejan gives a sign on Monday – ‘I feel brilliant’ – then we’d have to think anew.
“But in the moment we prepare the game and in this preparation Dejan is not involved. We have to find other solutions.”
However, Klopp has confirmed Georginio Wijnaldum is in contention to face Bayern after returning to full training on Thursday.
The player has been strongly linked with €100m moves to PSG and Barcelona recently, but Wenger – speaking in his role as a pundit for BeIn Sports – reckons it is Real Madrid who should come calling.
“He is the outstanding player at Tottenham and the worry you can have for Tottenham is can they keep a player of that quality,” the former Arsenal manager said.
“I think he has developed extremely well. He can score, he can deliver on set-pieces, he can give the final ball, he works very hard for the team. You do not find many players with so many qualities.
“He is the player that [Luka] Modric was before at Tottenham but he scores more goals.”
Eriksenarrived at White Hart Lane a year after Modric’s departure and the bargain £11.5million signing has developed into not just one of Tottenham’s best players, but also one of the standout performers in the Premier League.
He has also scored 63 goals in 259 games during his time at the club, and has also created a staggering 518 chances in that time – more than any other player – underlining exactly what Mauricio Pochettino and Co are so desperate to tie him down to a new long-term deal.
Carlos Sainz Jr thinks a “good surprise” from McLaren engine supplier Renault could help his team make a “big step” this year.
Renault has talked up the progress it has made with its 2019 engine, with the company’s F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul saying it had found “significant” power gains over the winter.
“Everyone looks to be talking very nicely about that engine,” said Sainz at the launch of the 2019 McLaren on Thursday.
“I really hope it is what they are talking about, and we have a good surprise in testing and we have those horsepower.
“Last year, as a Renault driver, we would’ve needed those horsepower to beat Haas more regularly.
“So hopefully it comes, because it would be already a very big step for for McLaren.
“It would be a step for free that would put us already in a much more comfortable place.”
Although McLaren is coming off the back of a challenging 2018 campaign, Sainz thinks its situation is much improved this year – and says the fact the team has hit its build schedule is a clear sign of things being better.
“The team has done their homework nicely,” he explained. “You’ve seen the car ready here, five days before testing, and that’s a good sign because it means the car has come together earlier and nicer than last year. That is already a very good step.”
Although encouraged by where McLaren is, Sainz said no one at the team was getting carried away with their hopes for 2019 and thinking that success would come easy.
“The team’s philosophy this year is to take it easy with predictions and with where we want to be,” he said.
“Until we see what the others are doing, it’s impossible to know where we are.
“We are optimistic about the directions we’ve taken with the concept, and the directions that we’ve taken restructuring the whole team – not only getting new people, but the good people that we have already at McLaren, to get them into the areas where we think they’re going to exploit their talent better.
“I think we have great talent in McLaren. There’s always new ideas, there’s always new people coming through with great ideas and it’s going to be a matter of when [we succeed].
“It’s now going to be a bit of a mid-term project, I have a two-year deal to work on that, and I’m confident.
“I like what I see, I like the way the restructuring has been, and now we’re ready to go racing and see where the car is, and from there start the development and the recovery.”