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Football You Missed, Nov 21: Gareth Bale trolls Real Madrid, and the Eredivisie stands against racism

Plus a fairly odd managerial tip from Harry Redknapp.

11:00am on Friday 22nd November 2019
Martin Macdonald


In the latest international break Wales secured the result required against Hungary to qualify for the second major tournament in their history, with Gareth Bale again vital to their success in the qualifying group. Afterwards, he displayed an elation that is only reserved for achievements with the Welsh, and not his club, Real Madrid, with whom he now has a fractured relationship. In the summer, they were desperate to sell him, while the partisan Madrid press constantly questioned his commitment to the club, his inability to speak Spanish, and the amount of time he spends on the golf course. Following the win against Hungary, he took part in a troll of epic proportions as he draped himself in a Welsh flag which listed out his priorities in order: Wales, Golf, Madrid.


At the weekend, Excelsior's Ahmad Mendes Moreira was racially abused by fans of Den Bosch in the Eerste Divisie. The incident struck a nerve with football fans in the country, and various players including Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Frenkie de Jong, who all displayed support for Moreira. Now, as a form of protest against the racism, players from every team in the Eredivisie and the Eerste Divisie will not play for the first minute of each fixture this weekend, while anti-racism logos surround the pitch on billboards.


Scottish Championship side Partick Thistle have been successfully taken over by Euromillions winner Colin Weir. After bagging a cool £161 million in 2011, the lifelong Jags fan invested in the club, before recently pulling support after the proposed takeover by a foreign consortium. Now, he has pulled a u-turn and bought the club outright, and plans to give the club back to fan ownership within 18 months, so that supporters are the majority shareholders.


Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp raised eyebrows this week when commenting on Mauricio Pochettino's surprising departure from the Champions League finalists. When asked by TalkSport whether the Argentine would be welcomed at another London club, like Arsenal, the King of the Jungle said:

"There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there. If you go in there and start winning football matches, they would have taken Saddam Hussein in there when he was about, the fans don’t give monkeys!

"If you start winning every week, they’re singing ‘there’s only one Saddam’."


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