Pique shushing the Espanyol crowd La Liga News 

RFEF investigate Pique for Espanyol celebration

The Spanish FA (RFEF) have opened an investigation into Gerard Pique’s celebration for Barcelona against Espanyol earlier this month. After controversially saying that Espanyol are not from Cornella, it was fitting that Pique would be the man to pop up with a late equaliser against Barcelona’s Catalan rivals two weeks ago. His header leveled the score after Gerard Moreno’s opener, and he celebrated wildly indicating to the home fans at the RCDE Stadium to be quiet after a barrage of abuse throughout the game. Espanyol fans have spent many of the…

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Mikel San Jose Athletic Bilbao Blog Spain 

Mikel San Jose: Supporting Independence and playing for Spain are not mutually exclusive

Spanish unity has become a very delicate subject in recent years. Particularly since the attempts by the northeast region of Catalonia to vote on independence resulted in violence last October. Athletic Bilbao player Mikel San Jose is from the northern Basque region of Spain, another fiercely autonomous region. The Basque region has its own violent history with ETA (an acronym for Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), a nationalist and separatist organization that originally promoted Basque culture and ultimately morphed into a terrorist group. Incredibly, San Jose recounted a story of when he was 16 years old…

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La Copa News 

Valverde on Copa final, Pique and busy January

Ernesto Valverde has discussed his side’s win over Valencia on Thursday, which booked their fifth Copa del Rey final in a row. Luis Suarez’s close range header in the second half in the first leg at the Camp Nou last week gave Barca a slender advantage to take to Valencia but Los Che were by no means out of the tie. The best chance of the first half fell the way of Valencia when Rodrigo saw his header come crashing off the underside of the bar with Jasper Cillessen in…

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Pique shushing the Espanyol crowd La Liga News 

Bartomeu defends Pique after Catalan Derby celebration

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has defended Gerard Pique over his celebration against Espanyol on Sunday. After controversially saying that Espanyol are not from Cornella, it was fitting that Gerard Pique would be the man to pop up with a late equaliser against Barcelona’s Catalan rivals on Sunday. His header leveled the scores after Gerard Moreno’s opener, and he celebrated wildly indicating to the home fans at the RCDE Stadium to be quiet after a barrage of abuse throughout the game. Espanyol fans have spent many of the past years…

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Pique shushing the Espanyol crowd La Liga News 

Tebas criticises Pique’s celebration at Espanyol

After controversially saying that Espanyol are not from Cornella, it was fitting that Gerard Pique would be the man to pop up with a late equaliser against Barcelona’s Catalan rivals on Sunday. His header leveled the scores after Gerard Moreno’s opener, and he celebrated wildly indicating to the home fans at the RCDE Stadium to be quiet after a barrage of abuse throughout the game. Espanyol fans have spent many of the past years chanting about Pique, his wife Shakira and their children with abusive songs and he is often…

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La Liga News 

Pique out for a month as defensive crisis arises for Valverde

Reports in Spain claim Gerard Pique will be out for a month, leaving Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde with a defensive headache. The Catalan centre-back scored the equaliser against rivals Espanyol on Sunday afternoon but finished the game with a knock after a rough challenge from Gerard Moreno. The 31-year-old is set for a month out, according to various reports – and will now miss the upcoming Champions League clash with Chelsea later this month. Early reports claim Pique will be back in early March, meaning Valverde now has limited defensive…

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Gossip La Liga News 

Spanish Papers: The never-ending Pique

The Spanish Papers review is dominated by Barcelona’s Gerard Pique, whose header in the Catalan derby saw his side remain the only unbeaten team left in the major European leagues. Pique is Barcelona through and through and whilst some of his actions are up for debate, the general feeling after his leveller on Sunday and his celebration were that of revenge for the centre-back. Issued with various insults during the game over his relationship with singer Shakira, accompanied with claimed racial slurs from Espanyol fans to central defensive partner Samuel…

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La Liga News 

Pique signs new Barcelona deal; includes £440m release clause

Gerard Pique has signed a new contract with Barcelona that will see him remain at the club until June 2022. The Spanish international centre-back has been in negotiations over a new deal since the turn of the year and a deal has now been confirmed, seeing a buyout clause included in the region of £440m. Pique will now have a formal signing in the coming days, and is expected to be followed by right-back Sergi Roberto, who is also closing in on a new deal. Having begun his career at…

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La Copa News 

Gerard Pique slams Espanyol fans after defeat

Barcelona defender has blasted the fans of Espanyol after losing 1-0 in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg on Wednesday evening. Oscar Melendo scored the only goal of the game with a neat finish beyond Jasper Cillessen from 15 yards out late on to win the game after Lionel Messi had seen his penalty saved by Diego Lopez. Sergi Roberto was adjudged to have been fouled by Esteban Granero but Messi couldn’t find the net with his spot kick and it’s Los Pericos who have the advantage going into…

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La Liga News 

Barcelona set to appeal Pique and Suarez bookings

Barcelona will appeal against the yellow cards given to Gerard Pique and Luis Suarez during the 3-0 win over Leganes on Saturday. Pique was carded in the game which means he will now miss Sunday evening’s top of the table clash with Valencia, leaving boss Ernesto Valverde with just Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and an injured Javier Mascherano as his available centre backs. Suarez, meanwhile, was booked for an incident involving Leganes keeper Ivan Cuellar. “FC Barcelona have decided to appeal against the yellow cards given to Gerard Pique and…

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