Marca launches scathing attack on BBC

The Madrid daily has responded to an article that claimed they are guilty of waging a campaign against Gareth Bale

Marca has stridently dismissed claims from the BBC that it is waging a campaign against Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale.

The BBC published a piece by Spanish football writer Andy West on Friday which was critical of Marca’s treatment of Bale since his move to the Spanish capital from Tottenham in the summer of 2013. The article claimed the Spanish newspaper is attempting to force the 25-year-old out of the Bernabeu.

However, the Madrid daily has responded with a strongly-worded denial and accused the organisation of allowing their standards of journalism to drop in recent times. “The BBC has veered off the course that made it a byword for quality journalism throughout the 20th century,” read a Marca statement.

The piece then continues by referencing several incidents “big and small”, noting a mix-up of the Italian and Bulgarian national badges during the Six Nations rugby competition, before a link to the sex abuse scandal involving former BBC television presenter Jimmy Savile.

“The alleged cover-up of the sexual abuse of minors perpetrated by one of the BBC’s former stars, presenter Jimmy Savile, is obviously of a far more serious nature.”

Marca concluded the article with a final, damning assessment of the corporation’s news agenda: “For the record, Marca does not engage in campaigns; it informs readers. Rigorously. Something that apparently can no longer be said of the BBC who, like ITV, seem now to be all about drama.”

Bale scored twice in Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Levante on Sunday to end a run of 10 games without a goal and celebrated by covering his ears with his hands in a gesture thought to be aimed at the media and Madrid fans who have criticised him in recent weeks.

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