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Bale heads to the homeland for Christmas

Wales star Gareth Bale has tweeted a photo of himself heading home to Wales for the holidays.

The tweet shows Bale in a surgical boot having undergone surgery on his damaged ankle.

His tweet says, 'Back home to Wales for the Christmas break'.

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FAW fined by FIFA over Armistice Day commemorations

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FIFA has fined the Football Association of Wales over their Armistice Day commemorations during their world cup qualifier against Serbia.

The FAW faces a fine of 20,000 Swiss francs or £15,692 by the governing body for what it describes as 'displaying political symbols' during the match on November 12th, which include wreaths being laid and a poppy being created in the stands by fans.

With these decisions, it is not our intention to judge or question specific commemorations as we fully respect the significance of such moments in the respective countries, each one of them with its own history and background.

However, keeping in mind that the rules need to be applied in a neutral and fair manner across FIFA’s 211 member associations, the display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited. In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else,

– Claudio Sulser, FIFA Disciplinary Committee chairman

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba charged by FA

Sol Bamba already faces a two-game ban. Credit: PA

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba has been charged by the FA following the outburst that saw him sent off during his side’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town.

Bamba has already been handed a two-game ban for the red card he received in the game but that now could be extended following the outcome of a Football Association disciplinary panel.

The 31-year-old apologised to fans and the club following the game after his reaction to tackle made on him and subsequent altercation with manager Neil Warnock.

In a statement on their website, the FA said:

“Souleymane Bamba has been charged by The FA in relation to Cardiff City’s game at Ipswich Town on 10 December 2016.

“It is alleged that his language and/or behaviour in or around the 69th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening and is considered sufficiently serious to warrant an additional sanction.

“He has until 6pm on 16 December 2016 to respond to the charge."

West Brom 3-1 Swansea

Wayne Routledge and West Brom's Craig Gardner battle for the ball Credit: PA

A disappointing night for Swansea with a 3-1 defeat against West Brom.

Salomon Rondon's quickfire hat-trick maintained the home side's unlikely European charge. The striker netted his first-ever treble for Albion in 13 second-half minutes as the hosts rose to seventh in the Premier League.

In contrast, defeat left Bob Bradley's Swansea three points from safety and fellow strugglers Middlesbrough, who they travel to on Saturday.

They have just one point from their last seven league away games despite Wayne Routledge's late consolation.

Bale 'sixth best in the world'

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Wales star Gareth Bale has been voted Number 6 in the list of the world's best footballers.

The Ballon d'Or winner was Cristiano Ronaldo for the fourth time.

Gareth Bale helped drive Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Thirty players in all were put forward on the 2016 Ballon d'Or finals list, which included several players based in the English Premier League.

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Newport County match abandoned after heavy rain

Newport County's match against Morecambe has been abandoned at half time following heavy rain.

The home side were leading 1-0 at the break, but as water gathered on the pitch at Rodney Parade the referee decided to call the game off.

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