Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was insulted and whistle at by fans who made their desire clear for the player to quit the national team as the Barcelona defender returned to international duty the day after voting in the Catalan independence referendum, as political tension in the nation keeps on spilling into the beautiful game.
Barca played out a 3-0 triumph over Las Palmas at an empty Camp Nou on Sunday, in the midst of agitation in the area surrounding Catalonia’s referendum.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu decided to keep supporters at the doors after LaLiga declined to endorse a postponement of the clash, portraying his decision as a “rejection of what has been experienced”, while the stadium scoreboard bore the message “Democracia”, highlighting a delineation of a ballot box.
Gerard Pique , who has been very vocal in his support of Catalonia’s attempts to withdraw from Spain, inciting a reaction from the individuals who fall on the opposite side of the contention.
The 30-year-old, who has won the World Cup and European Championship, even offered to resign from the Spain national team if the head coach Julen Lopetegui considered his presence a “problem”.
While the rhyme may be lost in interpretation the importance positively isn’t. The former Manchester United colleagues looked on, completely bewildered, as Pique walked onto the field to such a derisive chorus but it now moves the spotlight onto Friday night’s game with Albania in Alicante – where supporters are probably going to indeed make their displeasure with the Barcelona Defender known.
Should everything turn into excessively much for Pique, these supporters – in spite of the fact that seems to somewhat nonsensical portrayal of them – will have done their team more harm than great.
And tensions ran high in the capital Madrid as Pique’s entrance to the pitch was jeered, while some in attendance lifted banners with inflammatory messages towards the defender.