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Bale defends himself after being booked for diving

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 29, 2012 at 9:48 am •  Published: December 29, 2012

Bale will now miss Tuesday's match against Reading because this latest booking was his fifth of the season, incurring an automatic suspension.

That further angered Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas, who claimed his players are being "persecuted" after seeing Jermain Defoe also penalized for diving against Sunderland.

"I understand that reputations can sometimes be created on the outside through the media or situations on the pitch, but it's a bit unfair," Villas-Boas said of Bale. "We want to take (diving) out of the game, the game here is respectful with fair play, but speed is difficult for referees to analyze. It's a little bit unfair."