Bale's decision to head to the sideline and swap his shoes played a part in the build-up to Carlos Bacca's match-winning strike, as Sevilla launched a counter-attack up the side of the pitch Bale was responsible for.
Toshack, a Welshman like Bale and an accomplished former player, was quoted by Marca as saying:
Bale changing his boots 70 minutes in - leaving the pitch to change them - is criminal; the coach should give him the silent treatment for a month. At Liverpool, the club I grew up at, it would be simply inconceivable.
Sevilla's goal was enough to win the match 2-1 and put Real Madrid in a perilous position behind Atletico and Barcelona as the La Liga season draws to a close.