Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale displayed a commendable performance to guide his side to a victory against arch derby-rivals Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano last week but his celebration stirred a controversy which could now land him a 12-match ban. In the derby fixture which Real Madrid won 3-1, Bale produced a provocative celebration after his goal in the 74th minute of the match. The act is being reported as “a gesture of possible obscene and derogatory meaning”.

The celebration, where the Welsh international can be seen making the derogatory gesture to the home fans was later pointed out by the referees after the match concluded. The La Liga (Spain’s top-flight football league) has now passed the incident to the competition committee of the Spanish FA, who could hand a lengthy ban to the footballer.

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“In the 73rd minute of the game, and after scoring the Real Madrid CF player, Gareth Bale, dorsal 11, the third goal of his team, in the celebration of this, being audible in the audiovisual recording of the game some boos from the players local fans, waves the right arm taking it to the proximity of his head, in a predictable sign of encouraging provocation to the public, making later a gesture of possible obscene and contemptuous meaning raising the arm bent and hitting in the middle of it with the other hand,” the statement by La Liga read.

However, the suspension could vary in duration as the statement by La Liga added, “it occurs, the offender will be sanctioned with a suspension of four to twelve games, or if the animosity is from the public, the suspension will be from one to three parties (games) or for a period of up to one month.”

The incident came at the wake of Gareth Bale’s 100-goal mark for Real Madrid. With the race for the title heating up, losing a crucial player like Bale is going to play-out against the defending European champions, as Barcelona continues to impress at the top of the table.