Leave the clubs at home, Gareth! Wales star Bale is BANNED from playing his beloved golf at their Qatar training camp as boss Rob Page insists ‘we’re out there to do a job’ – with the team preparing for first World Cup in 64 years
- Gareth Bale has been banned from playing golf at Wales’ World Cup camp
- Rob Page says no players will be allowed to tee off at their base in Qatar
- The Dragons boss insists he wants his squad focused on the task at hand
Playing a round of golf is usually Gareth Bale’s favourite way to wind down after a game of football – but he’ll have to find another hobby at this year’s World Cup.
His Wales manager Rob Page has clamped down on the sport and says he wants his entire squad focused on the task at hand as they prepare to play their first World Cup in 64 years after seeing off Ukraine in the play-off final.
Bale – the former Real Madrid forward who now plays for MLS outfit Los Angeles FC – is known for his love of golf and is regularly seen teeing off and practicing his swing and he has such a passion for it that it’s sometimes got him into hot water at club level.
Gareth Bale will be banned from playing golf at Wales’ World Cup training camp this year
Wales manager Rob Page says he wants his squad focused on the job at hand in Qatar
Bale infamously held up a sign reading ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ that didn’t go down well at Real Madrid
But Page is doing away with it all to ensure his squad are not distracted when they jet in to Qatar and bid to make it past a tricky group stage against England, Iran and the United States – saying their ‘relentless’ schedule won’t allow them much down time.
‘Yeah. There’s no golf. We’re out there to do a job,’ he told the media.
‘In the past I may get Gareth, Kieffer Moore or Aaron Ramsey come up to me and say, “What’s the plan for tomorrow afternoon? Are there meetings?”
‘I’d say, “No, there’s no meetings, so if you want nine holes then go and play”.
‘But that is when you have a week building up to a double-header. Out there, we won’t have enough time. Every four days there is a game. It’s relentless.’
He is known for his love of golf – with his passion getting him into hot water over the years
Wales are set to play at their first World Cup in 64 years after seeing off Ukraine in the play-offs
Bale’s love of golf saw him have a run-in with the Spanish media after infamously holding up a banner that read ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order’ after the nation booked their spot at Euro 2020 in 2019, and it did not go down well with his club Real Madrid.
Spanish journalists often felt Bale prioritised golf over his club duties – as he joked in his sign – and it became a huge source of tension.
Bale was incredibly brandished as a ‘parasite’ in the last campaign, saying he had been ‘sucking the club’s resources’ following just four starts in LaLiga all season amid his battles with injury and form.
While injured during his time in Spain, Bale had been seen at a handful of golf events across the country – and there will be plenty of golf courses to choose from in Los Angeles.
Back home, Bale has recently opened a golf bar called Par59 in Cardiff and Bristol and plans to roll it out across Britain and in Dubai.
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