Gareth Bale's Boot Change 'Criminal' Claims Ex-Real Madrid Coach Toshack

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVMarch 29, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 23: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu on March 23, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Former Real Madrid coach and Welsh international John Toshack has blasted Gareth Bale over changing his boots in Los Blancos' loss to Sevilla on Wednesday.

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.