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Gerard Pique Set To Quit Spanish National Team If Catalan Split Occurs

Gerard Pique Set To Quit Spanish National Team If Catalan Split Occurs
2/10/2017

Gerard Pique


FC Barcelona and Spanish defender Gerard Pique said he is ready to quit Spain if the Catalans gain third Independence.

The Catalan independence issues had yesterday caused the game against Las Palmas to be played in closed doors due to uproar caused by the Catalans who had been hindered from voting for their independence by the police.

"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," Pique told Spanish TV.




"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."

Pique spoke passionately about the incident which according to Health officials 750 people had been injured by the police during the Clash With the protesters.

"After what has transpired it has been my worst experience as a professional. He said
"It's been a hard day for families, children, grandparents and the images speak for themselves. The protests didn't have any type of violence and the images have now been seen around the world".

"The club committee tried to postpone the game then they came to the dressing room and, as a club, we debated it and decided to play."

"There were arguments for and against playing, we took into account the points at stake. Las Palmas and La Liga wanted the game to be played and there's no point in going over it again.

"My opinion matters little, there were a lot of people in the dressing room who expressed theirs and in the end we decided to play.

"I understand those who didn't want to play and I don't think the 'Mes que un club' (club motto - means "more than a club") went before this decision but I understand those who didn't want it to be played."
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