Wales captain Gareth Bale cut short a post-match interview when asked about his future in international football following his country’s overwhelming defeat by Denmark in the last 16 of the European Championship on Saturday.
Director Robert Page later described the question as insensitive and said that 31-year-old Bale had done the right thing to get away from the interview on the pitch.
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“I know you were asked yesterday if this was going to be your last game for Wales and you said you wanted at least one more …” was as the BBC reporter arrived before a visibly annoyed Bale left the camera.
“Like any other player in the locker room at the moment, he is frustrated,” Page told a post-match press conference.
“Why would he want to answer a question about his future?
“For me it is an unconscious question. What is the point of asking that when he just leaves the pitch after a defeat? The emotions are raw, so he did the right thing, walking away and concentrating,” he added.
Earlier, Bale suggested the referees’ decisions were made against Wales, who finished the game with 10 men when Harry Wilson was sent to beat an opponent.
Bale was impatient that there was a foul on Kiefer Moore during training in Denmark’s second goal shortly after halftime, which left Wales with a major hurdle to get back in the game.
“If you play the ball from behind someone, it is a foul. “I think the referee (German Daniel Siebert) may have been influenced by the crowd,” he said.
But overall, Real Madrid’s Bale said, he was lost to Wales, who were surprised by last Euro semi-finals in France five years ago.
“We did not want the game to go ahead. We conceded a goal and the game changed a bit. We went out in the second half and he admitted that he killed our momentum,” Bale added.
“The boys are angry and frustrated, but I would rather go out kicking and screaming than get fired and do nothing.
“We missed an opportunity, but what we can not do wrong is the effort and that is the minimum requirement from the team,” he said.