Gerard Piqué: ‘Why can a journalist or a mechanic express themselves but not a footballer?’

The Barcelona and Spain defender talks eloquently about the Catalan referendum and says he is not retiring from international football because that would give satisfaction to the people who ‘whistle and insult’

Gerard Piqué has admitted he considered leaving the Spain team after he was whistled and abused by supporters at a training session on Monday night, but insisted he would not give those fans satisfaction by walking away. The Barcelona defender appealed for respect and dialogue in the wake of Sunday’s Catalan referendum as the political situation grows increasingly tense. He also refused to reveal whether he had voted yes, describing that as the “$1m question”, but did dismiss the popular assumption that he is in favour of independence.

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The Barcelona and Spain defender talks eloquently about the Catalan referendum and says he is not retiring from international football because that would give satisfaction to the people who ‘whistle and insult’Gerard Piqué has admitted he considered leaving the Spain team after he was whistled and abused by supporters at a training session on Monday night, but insisted he would not give those fans satisfaction by walking away. The Barcelona defender appealed for respect and dialogue in the wake of Sunday’s Catalan referendum as the political situation grows increasingly tense. He also refused to reveal whether he had voted yes, describing that as the “$1m question”, but did dismiss the popular assumption that he is in favour of independence. Related: Gerard Piqué jeered by spectators at Spain’s World Cup training session Continue reading…

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/oct/04/gerard-pique-catalan-referendum-footballer-express-himself

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