GARETH BALE may be suspended for 12 La Liga games after being charged by the Spanish Football Federation for his goal celebration in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Atletico in Saturday’s derby. After scoring his side’s third goal in the 73rd minute, his 100th since his 2013 move to the Bernabeu from Tottenham, the Real forward is accused of making an offensive gesture which could have incensed jeering home fans. The 29-year-old forward has been warned if found guilty he faces a suspension which could last anywhere from four games to a dozen. The win sent Real above Atletico into second place in La Liga.
■ UEFA will probe comments by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos that he deliberately got a yellow card in Wednesday’s Champions League win at Ajax. Ramos later denied he tried to ensure he is banned for the second leg — rather than a potential quarter-final — but risks a further one-game ban if Uefa finds him guilty.
Bluebirds delegation for Sala funeral
CARDIFF manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo will attend Emiliano Sala’s funeral tomorrow. The 28-year-old had signed for the Bluebirds in a club-record £15million move from Nantes last month but was killed when the private plane carrying him crashed in the English Channel near Alderney. Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage last Thursday. Pilot David Ibbotson remains missing, with funds being raised to continue to search for him. A club spokesman said Warnock, whose team do not have a game this weekend, and Choo will be part of a delegation attending the funeral in the town of Progreso in the Argentinian province of Santa Fe.
They said it…
‘We’ll just try and win a corner first!’ — Padraig Amond (above) when asked if he could repeat his fourth-round trick of volleying home a corner for Newport when they face the might of Manchester City in the FA Cup at Rodney Parade tomorrow
Dan’s joy at Rice’s English Dec-ision
DAN ASHWORTH is ‘delighted’ Declan Rice has pledged his international future to England after his attempts to influence the 20-year-old’s decision. West Ham midfielder Rice, who won three Republic of Ireland caps in friendlies, switched allegiances on Wednesday. Former Football Association technical director Ashworth, who now holds the same position at Brighton, said: ‘I know he’s spent months deliberating on it, no secret from the fact that he met England and Ireland to discuss his future. ‘He’s decided he wants to play for England and he’s English. As an Englishman, I’m delighted about that.’
■ 2 — Game ban for Dwight Gayle after he accepted a charge for diving in West Brom’s 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns on Tuesday
Academy boss Sarll departs Hornets
DARREN SARLL has left his job as Watford’s head of academy ‘amicably’ two weeks after the club launched an investigation into allegations of bullying. Former Stevenage manager Sarll was suspended last month after safeguarding officers were alerted to the claims. A Watford statement said: ‘Darren has been nothing but dedicated during his time at Watford and is now moving on to his next challenge.’