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Gareth Bale Could Be Suspended 12 Games For His Celebration Vs. Atletico Madrid

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Gareth Bale could be in a lot of trouble because of his controversial celebration following his score against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

The Welsh international had been subbed in 17 minutes before sending a beauty past Jan Oblak to seal a 3-1 triumph for Los Blancos at Wanda Metropolitano.

Following his goal, Bale crossed his arms on what La Liga may consider "a gesture of possible obscene and derogatory meaning".

So, apparently, the winger faces a potential 12 game ban from Spanish authorities as they look to further investigate the meaning behind Bale's gesture.

The 29-year-old had been struggling all year long and unleashed his frustration for not being a part of Solari's starting XI by gesturing in the direction of the fans after being insulted by them.

However, the referees did not include Bale's gesture in the post-match report, although La Liga authorities had been reluctant to just let it go.

 “In the 73rd minute of the game, after scoring his team's third goal, Real Madrid player Gareth Bale, who had been booed by the local fans, celebrated by raising his right hand close to his head, in a provocative gesture to the supporters, then in a gesture of possible obscene and derogatory meaning doubled his arm while cutting across the middle of it with his other hand," says a statement released by La Liga.

Should La Liga determine Bale indeed was being obscene towards opposing fans, he would be in jeopardy of missing the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign with Los Blancos.

“The offender will be sanctioned with a suspension of four to twelve games, or if the animosity is from the public, the suspension will be from one to three games or for a period of up to one month," the statement concluded.