Amidst Lionel Messi’s brilliant free kick and Luis Suarez’s bicycle kick goals as the star studded FC Barcelona side that devastated Sevilla 4-0 last Sunday at Camp Nou, one player is facing huge slack from the Spanish football fandom, and that is none other than Gerard Piqué.
The center back was seen kicking the ball out in the sidelines as an indication of frustration towards the end of the game when they were already up by 4 goals, and the match referee Miguel Antonio Mateu Lahoz booked the player in the 85th minute, Piqué’s fifth yellow of this season.
However, fans, along with Spanish sports news outlet Marca are suspecting that the Spaniard’s unsportsmanlike behaviour may have been a reason to avoid any possibility of missing out the upcoming El Clasico.
Back in the La Liga game against Granada, Piqué picked up a yellow card, and he may have picked up another against their upcoming match against SD Eibar, and that would have caused him to miss out on the Real Madrid clash on 26th October. Now he will miss out on the Eibar match, but will be able to start the El Clasico. Genius.
Watch below a clip of Piqué’s ‘frustration’ as his side were already up by 4 goals. COurtesy to Twitter fan account @BarcaBooster.
#Pique 🇪🇸 with his anti football getting his 5th yellow card. Expected it. #BarcaSevillaFC pic.twitter.com/DdhqLBBAt7
— Cant del Barça (@BarcaBooster) October 6, 2019
However, such cases are not favoured by UEFA, as in the case of Piqué’s national teammate Sergio Ramos, who faced a two match ban after he charged for getting himself booked in the first leg of Champions League match against Ajax back in February. If Piqué faces similar ban, he might eventually miss out on the very match he wanted a clean start in.