Gareth Bale revealed that he would support his Wales teammates by walking off in case they are racially abused in Hungary. Jude Bellingham and Raheem Sterling were both targeted with monkey chants during their recent friendly in the country.
“If things don’t get sorted, that will happen,” Wales captain Gareth Bale said. “If anything happens to any of our players and they wanted to walk off the pitch, I’d be full for it. Football qualifiers are important but these matters come way above football. If we felt we weren’t getting protection and being treated the right way by the governing bodies and the only way to get the best response was to walk off, I’d be fully for it.”
“At the end of the day, it’s the right thing to do and it’s more important than football,” he added. “We haven’t discussed it. But we’d have that discussion if it happened and we’d all agree on it as we’re a team that sticks together and if anyone is being targeted, we’ll do the right thing.”
Last season, Rabbi Matondo and Ben Cabango were both targeted online by racial abuse. Bale hoped that countries whose supporters are found guilty of this abuse be banned from international competitions.
“It’s frustrating. I don’t know why they launch these investigations that take so long when it is clear to see. Action should be taken to stop it.” he continued. “I don’t know the severity of what to do to but the easiest thing is… whether you ban the fans from the stadium or if they keep repeatedly doing it, which seems to be what is happening, then you ban the country from the competition. If that country keeps making these horrible gestures, then maybe the best thing to do is to get rid of them, give them a suspension, and hopefully, they will learn their lesson that way.”
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