FC Barcelona’s central defender Gerard Pique will miss the next four games as the judgement from the Spanish FA came down after his sending off in the Spanish Super Cup.
Pique was shown the red card after verbally abusing one of the linesmen after an offside situation in the second half in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the referee wrote in the match rapport that Pique told the linesman “Me cago en tu puta madre” which translates to “I s–t on your w—e mother.” He was facing up to a 12-game ban for the outburst, but the Spanish FA ending handing him a four-game ban. Pique will miss the first four games of the La Liga season, including the away fixture against Atletico Madrid. He will also miss games against Athletic Bilbao (Away), Malaga (Home) and Levante (Home).
The Daily Express reports that Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has grown tired of Pique’s lack of professionalism and is ready to sell the 28-year-old defender. Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly interested in his services.
Pique has spent the last seven years with Barcelona after returning back from spending for years with Manchester United. During his time with Barcelona, Pique has won five La Liga titles, three Champions League titles, and four Spanish Cup titles. He’s also been capped 69 times for the Spanish national team and was part of the World Cup winning side in 2010 in South Africa and the 2012 European Championship winning side in Poland and the Ukraine.