Alvaro Arbeloa Claims He Ran over Gareth Bale in Car After Reports of Cover-Up

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJanuary 9, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 28: Gareth Bale  and Alvaro Arbeloa of Real Madrid CF look on during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Bernabeu on September 28, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has joked that he ran over the world's most expensive player, teammate Gareth Bale, in his car.

.@aarbeloa17 photo w Bale: “The truth is I ran him over with my car, but he’s a strong fellow and he’s still alive”

— AS English (@English_AS) January 8, 2014

Arbeloa's response was a light-hearted reaction to some more sinister allegations from a Spanish radio station that he had put a reducing tackle in on Bale during training, and the club had covered it up.

The Daily Mirror reports the claims:

The full-back had left Madrid's world-record signing with a "numb and blackened leg" after a strong challenge in training, and that the club had been forced to cover it up in order to protect the Spanish international - who has previously received strong criticism from breaking club captain Iker Casillas' hand in a practice game.

Presumably Arbeloa's cheery tweet puts those suggestions to bed. However, it does raise a whole new set of questions about Bale's superhuman ability to withstand being mowed down by a car.