Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Spanish fans boo Gerard Pique for supporting for Catalan independence

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was booed as he trained with Spain after voicing his support for Catalan independence. Pique had said early on that he is prepared to quit the Spanish team prior to the 2018 World Cup if requested to do so by the Spanish FA.
Pique gave a tearful interview following Barcelona's 3-0 victory over Las Palmas on Sunday in which he described playing at an empty Nou Camp as the worst experience of his professional career.
He said “I go to play with the Spanish national team because I believe in democracy and there are a lot of people in Spain who don't agree with what has happened today, the person who goes with the national team, isn't the most patriotic, you have to go and perform to your maximum. It's not a competition of patriotism; it's about going and giving all you can to win - that's how I understand it. If anyone in the federation believes I should not be there, I will step aside. I am very proud of Catalonia and all of its people, despite how much they are incited, and despite how much the Spanish authorities and security forces want them to fall into the trap, they have demonstrated peacefully and sung loud and clear.”

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