Coleman calls for protection for Tottenham ace Bale

Wales coach Chris Coleman has called for protection for Tottenham star Gareth Bale tonight in Croatia.

Wales coach Chris Coleman has called for protection for Tottenham star Gareth Bale tonight in Croatia.

Coleman is upset at the treatment meted out to the winger during the three qualification games so far and is certain of a repeat in Osijek.

"He hasn’t had the protection he needs," said Coleman. "And there is a flip-side with players like Gareth. They can get kicked from pillar to post, so maybe they need looking after.

"Officials have to be aware. They’re fouling but using the old hands-in-the-air routine. Running across him, having no interest in the ball."

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