Barcelona defender Gerard Pique threatens to quit Spain after Catalonia violence
Posted: 2 October 2017 Time: 12:05
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has threatened to quit the Spain national team if his support of Catalonia’s independence referendum is deemed a problem.
Around 750 people were injured at the weekend as the police force used rubber bullets and baton charges to subdue protestors in the capital as Catalonians look to secure their independence.
And Pique, who was seen casting his vote in the day before playing for Barca against Las Palmas behind closed doors later in the evening, has revealed he will quit the Spain team if his presence is deemed a problem.
He said: "I honestly think I can join up with the national team because I'm convinced there are thousands of people who totally disagree with what has happened.
"I also say that if the coach (Lopetegui) or anyone from the Federation thinks that I'm a problem or a nuisance then I will step aside and leave the national team before 2018."
He added: "I think I can continue [playing for Spain].
"But if the board really thinks I'm a problem, I will take a step back and leave the national team before 2018.
"There are many people in Spain who disagree with what happened today and believe in democracy."