Gareth Bale's celebration after scoring his 100th Real Madrid goal could cost the 29-year-old as many as 12 matches this season if La Liga and the Spanish Football Association judge his actions were "obscene."

Bale celebrated after scoring the clinching goal in Los Blancos' 3-1 win away to city rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

What followed was interpreted by some as "a gesture of possible obscene and derogatory meaning," a statement from La Liga indicated.

The Wales international was said to have "gestured in the direction of fans close to the sideline when celebrating after taking abuse from the terraces," according to Burton.

According to the BBC: "Bale raised his bent arm and hit it with his other hand, a gesture that is considered offensive in Spain."

While Bale's celebration didn't make it into the referee's report, it has been reported to the league for investigation.

The Spanish top flight revealed a suspension of as little as four or as many 12 games will be levied on Bale if the former Tottenham Hotspur star is deemed to have caused offence.

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