Gareth Bale apologised for Real Madrid red, says Zinedine Zidane

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says Gareth Bale apologised for his red card against Las Palmas and was disappointed with the incident.

Bale was shown his first red card since joining Real Madrid and his first since 2008 for kicking out at Jonathan Viera before pushing the midfielder to the ground.

It looked like it would result in a first home league defeat in a year for Real until a late comeback saw them snatch a 3-3 draw at the Bernabeu.

Asked about Bale’s dismissal, Zidane said: “He has apologised. He is not happy with the sending off.

“This can happen, it is a fact of the game and we cannot change it. I used to be happy after the matches and now I cannot be happy lately, but this is a very long season and we are going to change it.”

Real vice-captain Marcelo said Bale is aware his moment of madness had let his team-mates down.

“I am not one to give him a clip round the ear, that is what I do to my children,” said the Brazilian. “Bale is old enough to know if he has made a mistake or not.

“These things happen in football, but hopefully it doesn’t happen again between now and the end of the season.”

Cristiano Ronaldo’s late double salvaged a draw that keeps Real just a point adrift of league leaders Barcelona with a game in hand.

“We can’t look for excuses,” said Zidane. “What we can do is improve our performance. We are not happy with how we are playing.

“There are moments in the season like this. The past three or four games things haven’t gone as we would want, but we are not going to look for excuses in the referees.

“There are things we have done well this year, but we have to analyse it and we will change things.

“We have shown we have character and we can do more. We have to improve particularly in our first-half performances. We have to think about the positives. We will analyse the negatives, but to come back from 1-3 to 3-3 is a huge effort.”

Source: Sky Sports