Bale: I'm no diver

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Gareth Bale has rejected claims that he dives and insists the only reason that he goes to ground so often is because he needs to get out of the way of potentially career-threatening tackles.

Bale became one of the most highly-rated players in world football last year after some stunning displays for Tottenham both at home and in Europe. One of the few criticisms aimed at the speedy Welshman is that he goes to ground too easily - an accusation that surfaced most recently when he appeared to drag his trailing leg in order to win a penalty against Arsenal two weeks ago.

"If people want to say I'm diving then they can, but I'm trying to get out of the way and save myself, save my career if you like," said Bale.

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