Spurs have hit back over accusations that Bale’s Team GB withdrawal was unjustified. Today the club issued a statement in response to yesterday’s criticism regarding Gareth Bale’s appearance in a pre-season friendly while he could’ve been playing at London 2012.
The statement clearly outlines the sequence of events which forced Bale to pull out of contention for Team GB’s football squad for London 2012. Spurs were particularly dismayed by the accusations that the club did not make Bale available for selection for Great Britain’s Olympic football team.
The statement ties in with the blog post Bale Olympics row is a storm in a teacup that was published yesterday on Total Tottenham. Yesterday Spurs said they did not want to add anything further to manager Andre Villas-Boas’ comments, but it seems the club decided to issue an official statement following further negative media coverage on the matter today.
The Club considers the recent comment and accusations regarding Gareth Bale’s fitness relating to his non selection for Team GB’s men’s football team to be wholly unacceptable and unjustified.
For the avoidance of any doubt and on a point of absolute clarity and transparency – Gareth sustained an injury as he built up his fitness ahead of joining up with Stuart Pearce’s side. MRI scan reports were sent to the FA medical team on 29 June (2012).
He was subsequently not selected on the basis of this injury and the inability to predict recovery time.
This decision was not taken lightly and made only after consultation with Team GB’s medical team, who were in agreement after seeing the medical reports.
At no time was Gareth made unavailable for selection. Indeed, Gareth made clear publicly on numerous occasions his desire to compete for Team GB and was extremely disappointed on hearing the news he would not be fit to participate.
He is now focused on and determined to get fit for the season ahead and to this end we have brought out an additional member of our medical team on tour, dedicated to Gareth’s recovery.
We are dismayed that some have sought to make wrongful assumptions about Gareth’s particular situation and that such positive news surrounding his recovery is being highlighted in this manner. We trust that this statement now clarifies this matter once and for all.
We look forward to following the progress of our other players in the Games – Danny Rose and Steven Caulker along with Sandro and Giovani dos Santos.