Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has this evening revealed that he could retire from international football if his views on Catalan independence are deemed ‘a problem.’
Pique was questioned on the horrific scenes in Catalonia earlier today, after Catalan natives called an illegal referendum in an attempt to secure independence from the rest of Spain.
Spanish police were instructed to remove the ballots from voting stations, with violent clashes having broken out as a result.
Barcelona’s La Liga matchup with Las Palmas this evening had to be played behind closed doors as a result of the trouble in Catalonia, with tens of thousands of fans left frustrated outside the Camp Nou as a result.
The Blaugrana went on to record a 3-0 victory thanks to goals from Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi (2), but the atmosphere surrounding the victory was far from a celebratory one for Barca’s players.
Emotions running high
Of those to appear for the Camp Nou outfit, none were more affected by today’s harrowing events in Barcelona than Catalan native Gerard Pique, who has long been an advocate for independence for the people of Catalonia.
Speaking in an interview following his side’s victory, the 30-year-old revealed that today’s clash was his ‘hardest game’.
An emotional Pique was also questioned on his future with the Spanish national team, to which he replied:
‘I think I can continue.’
‘But if the board really thinks I’m a problem, I will take a step back and leave the national team before 2018.’
Check out the video below, during which the Blaugrana stopper struggles to hold back the tears:
— Michael Gravesande (@OldBlackHack) October 1, 2017