AvB slams ‘nasty’ Adam tackle

Spurs and Liverpool played out a 0-0 draw at the M&T Bank

Stadium, home of NFL franchise the Baltimore Ravens. In a game

which marked the Liverpool debut of summer signing Fabio Borini,

Villas-Boas was critical of Adam who has previous history with

Bale. In May 2011 the Scotland international injured Bale in a

tackle, an incident Villas-Boas was only made aware of following

game in Baltimore. Bale was out for three months with ankle

ligament damage after that incident and Villas-Boas was unhappy

with Adam’s latest challenge. In quotes reported by several

national newspapers, Villas-Boas said: “I think it was a very nasty

challenge from Charlie. “The player had gone and he came in from

behind on Gareth’s ankle. I did not know the previous history

between the two. I do now. “It is a difficult one to be fair. You

do not want to end up in a game with Liverpool with 10 men. “At

half-time Charlie came to me and said something about the

challenge. “I can accept that but I think he should go to the

player to say sorry.” The incident left Villas-Boas waiting to hear

on the seriousness of Bale’s injury. He added: “If the player

escapes hospital it is because he is very lucky. The last time he

was out for three months and in the end it is the Premier League

that suffers without a player of Bale’s talent.” Bale’s appearance

on Spurs’ United States tour had already caused controversy as he

scored in the game with Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday despite

having pulled out of the Team GB squad for the Olympics with a back

injury.