Former Wales and Real Madrid manager John Benjamin Toshack has lambasted Gareth Bale, claiming that changing his boots during Real Madrid's 2-1 defeat against Sevilla was criminal and inconceivable.
Toshack handed Bale his international debut with Wales when he was just 17-years-old while he also coached Real Madrid twice in the 1990s.
Bale has been made scapegoat for the Sevilla defeat as he was off the pitch changing his boots, leaving his side with just ten men, when striker Carlos Bacca scored the decisive goal to make it 2-1 after a counter-attack on the left-wing, exactly where the former Tottenham star should have been defending.
Even though Toshack has praised his compatriot since his summer move to the Santiago Bernabeu from Tottenham, he has heavily criticised him this time, even saying that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti should not talk to him.
"Bale changing his boots 70 minutes in - leaving the pitch to change them - is criminal, is to go to prison one month; the coach should give him the silent treatment for a month. At Liverpool, the club I grew up at, it would be simply inconceivable," said the former Liverpool player to Marca.
Bale made a record £91m move from White Hart Lane to Madrid in the final days of the summer transfer window. He has however continued to come under scrutiny frrom Spanish pundits who claim his influence on Real's general game is not enough for such an expensive player.
His teammate Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his anger with the Wales international in the same Sevilla game, after late in the match Bale opted to waste a direct free-kick that could have secured a draw, even though the former Manchester United star normally oversees Real's set-pieces.