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Wednesday 18 October 2017

AVB defends Bale

TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas was quick to defend Gareth Bale after the Wales winger was again booked for diving in Saturday's 2-1 win at Sunderland.

The 23-year-old was yellow-carded by referee Martin Atkinson nine minutes from time after going down under Craig Gardner's challenge, and will miss tomorrow's clash with Reading as a result of his fifth domestic caution.

Villas-Boas admitted some of the player's previous bookings had been warranted but insisted he had been hard done to on Wearside.

"It's difficult for the referees -- there's no question about it. But today was a big mistake," the Portuguese said after the game.

"Sometimes we have to give a little bit of comfort and credit to the player because he is being chased now and it's a little bit unfair what he is going through.

"It's just a consequence of his pace, his ability, his skill."

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