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Spain Training Cut Short After Player Insults

Spain Training Cut Short After Player Insults

By Keegan Kruger - Oct 03, 2017 09:31 AM @KeeganKruger

Spain's training was cut short to just 23 minutes on Monday after one of their players was heavily insulted by a group of fans who watched the open practice session.

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Gerard Pique, who voted in the Catalonia independence referendum, publicly criticised his government's violent stance towards voters on Sunday, and even threatened to quit playing for La Furia Roja.

The 30-year-old's criticism seemingly did not go down well with a section of Spain supporters as they whistled and chanted for him leave the team during a national training session.

Although the situation was not a violent one, Spanish media have reported that police did confiscate banners from the crowd, one of which described the defender as "sickening", while fans reportedly chanted "Pique, a***hole, Spain is your country… Pique, a***hole, leave the national team."

Despite this, national team coach Julen Lopetegui has confirmed his support for Pique, and is pleased with how the Catalonian has conducted himself since Sunday.

"The behaviour of Gerard has been exceptional," Lopetegui told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.

"I wanted to see how he was and I saw he was motivated and enthusiastic. He's well and fired up, if it were not like that he wouldn't be with me."

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Pique has made 91 appearances for Spain so far, and was a member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 UEFA European Championship-winning squads.

Do you think Pique deserves this type of treatment? Have your say in the comments section below.

 


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lungelobrownn Joined: 13 Sep 2017
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lungelobrownn Oct 05, 2017 03:54 PM
This politics are even affecting soccer
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DopeZN Joined: 22 Jan 2014
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DopeZN Oct 04, 2017 11:53 AM
@Ringo69 he doesn't need to apologize for for wanting Catalanya idependence but to properly address the issue with the fact that he still have Spanish people that love him even though he Catalan
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DopeZN Joined: 22 Jan 2014
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DopeZN Oct 04, 2017 11:50 AM
@Ronaldinho 10 lol the way he addressed it was the problem that's what got the Spaniards irked. I think. Phela he critised the government in public
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old dog Joined: 24 Feb 2016
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old dog Oct 04, 2017 11:08 AM
I blame pique for bringing Spain n barca into disrepute but I also blame his coaches at barca n Spain for not dropping pique after they've realized that he doesn't wanna play. They should just relieve him off his duties so he can go n toyitoyi with his comrades n when he's done with his stunts they must hit him hard for his unprofessional behavior that's all
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Ronaldinho 10 Joined: 21 Mar 2017
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Ronaldinho 10 Oct 03, 2017 11:42 PM
@DopeZN nothing wrong said there why he must apologize come on guys our pique is a Mandela of catalunya amandla ewuthu sonqoba simunye Gerald pique hha nna twsana leyena
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Ronaldinho 10 Joined: 21 Mar 2017
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Ronaldinho 10 Oct 03, 2017 11:37 PM
@Ringo69 actually the one who is the stupid here pique is not just a player but a human
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Manueldosantos Joined: 07 Jun 2011
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Manueldosantos Oct 03, 2017 08:19 PM
Clever ppl are busy talking abt Madrid,forgetting Madrid consists of too many nationalities in their squad. so they can't involve themselves with politics of another country.
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Manueldosantos Joined: 07 Jun 2011
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Manueldosantos Oct 03, 2017 08:08 PM
Pique should retire from the national team of Spain. After all how can one represent a country he wants freedom from. Pique must know, he can't have the best of both world's!
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ToivoYaToiva Oct 03, 2017 02:40 PM
@Zax5-Bucs Well put my player...Gerad Pique said if he is seen as the problem in the Spain national team he is ready to step aside....All Catalans have been shouting for their independence..Pep G, Xavi H, Cesc F etc....
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ToivoYaToiva Oct 03, 2017 02:40 PM
@Zax5-Bucs Well put my player...Gerad Pique said if he is seen as the problem in the Spain national team he is ready to step aside....All Catalans have been shouting for their independence..Pep G, Xavi H, Cesc F etc....
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DopeZN Joined: 22 Jan 2014
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DopeZN Oct 03, 2017 02:27 PM
@Ringo69 you 100% homie he should apologize to the Spanish people or just retire from national team with immediate effect. Otherwise he will never have peace no matter how great his performances might be. I just feel for Shakira in all this nonsense her husband has caused
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Ringo69 Joined: 28 Mar 2013
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Ringo69 Oct 03, 2017 01:40 PM
Guys to be honest Pique didn't think, no 1 to be blame here but Pique, as a celebrity he shud have calm the ppl, Pique is a player that's all, @DopeZN I get ur point but this guy went to media n speak public, now Spain is divided bcoz of him. @Zax5-Bucs Stupidity is when U add or pore Petrol in Fire, Pique is coursing more violence instead of calming ppl, so he is the Stupid.
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musah005 Oct 03, 2017 01:19 PM
This is far from over, I pity Pique
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DopeZN Joined: 22 Jan 2014
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DopeZN Oct 03, 2017 01:02 PM
@Ringo69 with Barca it's different, politics are part of their heritage. In Camp Nou there's a writting "MES QUE UN CLUB" loosely translated "more than a club". This was derived from the fact that the Catalans were only free to express themselves and their views freely when watching Barca games at Camp Nou. Barca is like their national team and the symbol of their independence. To separate Barca and politics is next to impossible.
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DopeZN Oct 03, 2017 12:53 PM
Pique has been abusing other players verbally, now the whole country is abusing him. Karma.
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Zax5-Bucs Oct 03, 2017 12:38 PM
If South Africa refused to give independency to Swaziland and Lesotho and kill the people of Swaziland who peacefully protest for a democratic vote, do you think Swazi born players would pretend not to be hurt? Some people are stupid here, Pigue might be a profesional footballer but he had feelings just like me n you, you can not act profesional when you in pains and he did not go to the pitch and voice out his feelings. He might be a bad guy but this time i support him.
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old dog Joined: 24 Feb 2016
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old dog Oct 03, 2017 12:28 PM
Guys this has nothing to do with Madrid but we're simply saying picow is now trying to divide the Spain national team like he tried to influence some barca players not to play a match just a couple of days ago. Spain doesn't have issues with him hence they still called him to the national team even after the stunts he pulled at barca. If he wants to do whatever he wants to do(toyitoyi) then he must ask to be excused (@club n international level) so that he can join his comrades than bringing the lig n national team into disrepute with his political nonsense. Its simply not the right platform(field of play) to voice his hurt/grievances period. Otherwise he deserves to be punished
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Gizaretti_legendary Oct 03, 2017 12:21 PM
Catalonian or Catalan? What are you reglferring to Editor? Did you edit this or you just ignored it as always?
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chiefs hater Oct 03, 2017 12:19 PM
pique is from Catalin
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chiefs hater Oct 03, 2017 12:18 PM
@Zax5-Bucs true my man

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