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Spurs star faces ban over Olympic snub

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Bale scored against LA Galaxy last night (©GettyImages)
Bale scored against LA Galaxy last night (©GettyImages).

Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale could be banned from playing for Spurs during the Olympics, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

The Spurs ace dropped out of contention for the Team GB squad with a back injury, but made his comeback last night for Tottenham on their pre-season tour of America.

And Bale scored as Spurs drew 1-1 with LA Galaxy, with three days still to go before the Olympic football tournament kicks off.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed that Bale could face a ban if the Football Association lodge a complaint to FIFA over the Spurs midfielder playing for his club. Bale had initially been named in Stuart Pearce's Team GB squad, but was later withdrawn and Spurs will argue that the Welshman only returned to full fitness one week ago.

Blatter is quoted by the Daily Telegraph saying: "It's a possibility we could ban these players if they are not at the disposal of the national team.

"They [the association] complain and then we say let this player go or he cannot player for the club."

If the Association complains, Bale would face a ban for the duration of the Olympics, but neither the FA nor the British Olympic Association have commented on Bale's pre-season appearance so far.

Any potential ban would last until August 12, and would include all of Tottenham's friendlies. But the Premier League does not kick off until August 18.

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