Pique could be hit with ban as Spanish FA investigate referee comments

Gerard Pique could be hit with up to 12-GAME BAN and fine for claiming LaLiga referees ‘unconsciously favour Real Madrid’ with Barcelona defender under investigation by Spanish FA

  • Barcelona defender Gerard Pique waded into to a debate about refereeing 
  • He said many officials in Spain were likely to favour Barca’s rivals Real Madrid 
  • A former referee recently claimed many officials in Spain were Real Madrid fans
  • Pique is in hot water for his comments and could be hit with a 12-match ban

Gerard Pique could be hit with up to a 12-match ban for claiming referees in Spain are likely to favour Real Madrid. 

The Barcelona centre-back is being investigated by the Spanish FA having previously said on YouTube show Post United that if the vast majority of LaLiga referees supported Real, they would naturally be partial to that team when refereeing their games.

He was speaking off the back of comments former referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, who believes many of the referees in LaLiga are Real supporters. 

Gerard Pique (right) reacted to comments from an ex-referee and could be in hot water

And The Integrity Department of the Spanish FA’s Competition Committee are now actively investigating the comments, according to Marca.  

Pique could be fined a small amount – between £525 and £2600 – but also be slapped with a ban of between four and 12 matches. 

The comments that have put him in jeopardy were: ‘The other day a former referee said that 85% of the referees favour Real Madrid. How are they not going to whistle in favour of Real Madrid?

Barcelona were left furious at the decision to award Real a penalty in El Clasico in October

The injured defender could be hit by up to a 12-month ban if the Spanish FA deem it necessary

‘Even unconsciously, how are they not going to give more decisions to give more decisions to one side than the other? 

‘And I respect the professionalism of the referees and I know they try to do their best job, but when a moment of doubt comes…’

Last campaign Barcelona received 83 bookings and six red cards with Real were shown 72 yellow cards and saw four players dismissed. 

Pique is currently out injured with a long-term knee injury and will be desperate not be stuck with a ban for his words. 

Pique said that it would be natural for referees to favour Real if they supported the team

In El Clasico back in October Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman was left furious at the decision to award Real a penalty in the 3-1 defeat as he claimed VAR only gives calls against his side. 

Koeman told Barca TV: ‘Every decision goes against us. In five games there have been none in our favour. There was the [Leo] Messi penalty against Sevilla that was not given and the red card against Getafe. Today’s penalty is just something that happens in the area.’

Barcelona are three points behind Real in the title race with a game in hand but both Spanish giants trail leaders Atletico Madrid, who are five points clear at the summit with two games in hand over their city rivals.  

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