Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale hits back at 'slanderous' Marca article

Jack Gallagher
Bale has hit back at Marca
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Gareth Bale has released a statement condemning a 'slanderous' Marca report which called the Real Madrid forward a 'parasite'.

The multi-time Champions League winner was the star of the show on Thursday evening for Wales, scoring a brace - including a wonderful free kick - to take his country through to the World Cup qualification finals.

Due to this performance, the Spanish publication launched a scathing attack on Bale for not putting in the same performances for this club Real Madrid.

In a statement released on Twitter, Bale has come out and hit back at the article.

He wrote: "The Daily Mail shining a light on this piece of slanderous, derogatory and speculative journalism by Marca.

"At a time where people are taking their own lives because of the callousness and relentlessness of the media, I want to know, who is holding these journalists and news outlets that allow them to write articles like this, accountable?

"Fortunately I have developed a thick skin during my time in the public spotlight, but that doesn't mean articles like this don't cause damage and upset personally and professionally to those at the receiving end of these malicious stories.

"I have witness the toll the media can take on people's mental and physical health.

"The media expect superhuman performances from professional athletes, and will be the first to celebrate with them when they deliver, yet instead of commiserating with them when they show an ounce of human error, they are torn to shreds instead, encouraging anger and disappointment in their fans.

"The everyday pressures on athletes is immense, and it's as clear as day how negative media attention could easily send an already stressed athlete, or anybody in the public eye, over the edge.

"I hope that by the time our children are of an age where they are able to ingest news, that journalism ethics and standards will have been enforced more stringently.

"So I want to use my platform to encourage change in the way we publicly talk about, and criticise people, simply for the most part, not meeting the often unrealistic expectations that are projected onto them.

"We all know who the real parasite is!"