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Gerard Pique facing lengthy ban after foul-mouthed rant at assistant referee

The Barcelona defender was sent off during their Spanish Super Cup second leg last night.

Pique leaves the pitch after being shown a red card.
Pique leaves the pitch after being shown a red card.
Image: Manu Fernandez

BARCELONA DEFENDER GERARD Pique could be handed a lengthy ban after he was sent off for hurling abuse at the assistant referee during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup last night.

The 28-year-old’s dismissal came early in the second-half and was a big set-back for the Catalans, who were already 4-0 down from the first leg. They had been leading 1-0 at half time at the Camp Nou but Bilbao made their numerical advantage count and equalised 15 minutes for time, wrapping up a comfortable 5-1 aggregate victory.

The centre-back’s outburst was in response to the lack of an offside decision against Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz, the hat-trick hero from the first leg.

Spanish media are reporting that Pique could now be slapped with a 12-game ban for his actions, after the details of his rant were included in referee Velasco Carballo’s match report.

Source: Manu Fernandez

Carballo’s report says that in the 55th minute Pique was sent off for telling the assistant referee — “Me cago en tu puta madre”. This has been translated by several media outlets, with the English translation being reported as “I sh*t on your wh*re mother”.

This is not the first time Pique and the Madrid-based Carballo have been involved in a dispute. The referee also dismissed the Spanish international two seasons ago during a game with Sporting Gijon, with Pique claiming the decision had been “premeditated”.

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