Gerard Pique could not take to the pitch in his final game for Barcelona as he was sent off at half-time by the referee for swearing at him.
- Pique argued with referee at half-time
- Was shown red for verbal abuse
- Could not take play in his final game
WHAT HAPPENED? The defender was sent off not long after team-mate Robert Lewandowski received a second yellow card for a flying elbow. Pique was seen following the referee, Gil Manzano, to the tunnel involved in a discussion and in his match report, the match official mentioned that the centre-back abused him verbally.
WHAT THEY SAID: “Have you seen the corner [for the Osasuna goal]? You are the referee that has fucked us the most by a distance. You are a fucking disgrace, go fuck yourself,” Pique allegedly said to the referee.
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Earlier in November, Pique announced that he will retire from football before the World Cup break. He received a warm send-off last weekend in his final appearance at Camp Nou but had to end his career on a controversial note after abusing the match official.
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WHAT NEXT FOR BARCELONA? La Blaugrana head into the World Cup break on top of La Liga and will return to action on December 31, when they take on city rivals Espanyol.