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Bale cleared of 'provocative gesture' and free to face Barcelona

Bale cleared of 'provocative gesture' and free to face Barcelona

Bale scored his 100th goal for Real Madrid against AtleticoReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale will not be punished by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for his celebration during the 3-1 la Liga victory over Atletico Madrid earlier this month.The Welshman made an arm gesture after scoring his side's third goal and his 100th for the club in the 74th minute.Bale, 29, raised his bent arm and hit it with his other hand, a gesture that is considered offensive in Spain.
La Liga had filed a complaint against him for the "provocative gesture".In a statement, the RFEF said it had not "found a breach of the rules of the game or action deserving either warning or disciplinary action".The decision means Bale is available for both El Clasicos against Barcelona this week.Real welcome Barca to the Bernabeu in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday at 20:00 GMT, before again facing them in the league at home on Saturday.
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