Welsh International Gareth Bale made headlines last night after walking out of the post match interview following a 4-0 defeat against Denmark in the Round of 16 of Euro 2020, on being asked an ‘insensitive question’ by a reporter of BBC Sport regarding his future.
Wales failed to repeat their Euro 2016 Semi-finals heroics this year as they were completely outclassed by the Dannish players last night, which saw them getting eliminated comparatively early in the tournament.
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Denmark thrashed ‘The Dragons’ 4-0 in a convincing defeat at Holland’s Johan Cruyff Stadium. As if the defeat itself were not enough, welsh captain Gareth Bale was asked in the post-match interview the ‘harsh’ question of whether it was it was his last match in the national colours, to which The Real Madrid star lost his cool and walked out of the interview after murmuring under his breath.
Bale’s actions have had mixed reactions from Football enthusiasts around the globe. Whereas some critics have bashed the Welshman for his uncharacteristic behaviour, a majority of the fans and football pundits have understood Bale’s frustration after such a defeat and have claimed that it was ‘insensitive’ of the reporter to ask such a question.
Wales manager Robert Page later defended Bale in a press conference, telling reporters: “Why would he want to answer a question about his future? For me, it’s an insensitive question.
“What is the point of asking that when he’s just come off the pitch after a defeat? Emotions are raw, so he’s done the right thing by walking away and gathering his thoughts.”
What Gareth Bale has said
Gareth Bale was far more willing to talk about his future when he sat down for an interview to speak to Welsh broadcaster S4C later that evening.
Addressing the same question that had enkindled him earlier, the 31 year old said: “I want to continue to play.
“People ask stupid questions all the time, but obviously I love playing for Wales. I’ll play for Wales until the day that I stop playing football.”
Wales will restart their World Cup Qualifiers campaign soon after the end of Euro 2020. The Striker has claimed that they can very much make it to the Qatar World Cup.
“We’ve just started the World Cup campaign, and we need to take this experience into that,” he added.
“I feel like we have a very good way of playing when we play well and we need to keep that confidence high, keep playing football and I think we can qualify for the next World Cup.”