Gerard Pique defends celebration after ‘special’ goal against Espanyol
Gerard Pique mentioned shushing Espanyol followers with a finger to his lips after scoring was the least he might have executed whereas celebrating the goal which earned Barcelona a 1-1 attract La Liga on Sunday.
The defender headed residence Lionel Messi’s free kick within the 82nd minute to protect the league leaders’ 22-game unbeaten run, a membership document, tying a spiky derby conflict on the waterlogged RCDE Stadium in Cornella.
Pique had been berated all through by Espanyol followers for his feedback after Barcelona eradicated their native rivals within the King’s Cup quarter-finals in January.
An extended-time hate determine for Espanyol supporters, Pique stoked the fireplace by referring to them as ‘Espanyol de Cornella’ a number of instances.
Espanyol moved to their new stadium within the city close to Barcelona in 2009 after beforehand enjoying on the Olympic Stadium in Catalonia’s capital.
“They are from Cornella, like I said the other day,” mentioned Pique. “I do know it damage them and I used sarcasm to bother them.
“Saying they play in Cornella will not be disrespectful, it’s a truth. They complain about that and report me, however they don’t examine insults in direction of my household. That is disrespectful. Telling them to be quiet was the least I might do.”
Espanyol supporters had hurled abuse on the defender and his pop star companion Shakira in the course of the King’s Cup first leg at Cornella, which the hosts gained 1-Zero.
After Pique scored on Sunday he ran off in celebration earlier than approaching a stand full of Espanyol supporters and placing his finger to his lips.
“Celebrating the goal was special after everything that’s happened in the last week,” added Pique.
“Some of the followers right here have been directing insults at me and my household for an extended whereas. I do know a variety of Espanyol followers which can be good folks however these on the high don’t report these insulting chants.
“We are folks and we’ve a restrict. It’s a derby sport and it’s what it’s.”
Espanyol midfielder Esteban Granero was not impressed with Pique’s celebration.
“When you provoke people you can’t later ask for respect,” Granero instructed reporters. “Before the gesture it was a model game. Later it was more wild. Everybody must take responsibility for their actions.”