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Pique Faces Long Suspension After Tirade

Barcelona’s Gerard Pique got sent off after verbally attacking the linesman in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, and could face up to a 12-game suspension.

Barcelona lost the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic Bilbao 5-1 on aggregate after Sevilla stunned Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg. Pique, 28, went ballistic in the 56th minute after an offside situation and went up to the linesman and started screaming at him. The tirade was bad enough to warrant a straight red card. Players does go off the handle sometimes and can be pretty harsh, but it’s very rare for a player to get a straight red card for something they say to a referee.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Pique told the linesman “Me cago en tu puta madre” which translates to “I s–t on your w—e mother” and he now faces up to a 12-game ban. Abusive language is not tolerated and usually ends with a 3- to 4-game suspension.

Pique’s teammate Sergio Busquets was interviewed on TV afterward and defended the central defender.

“According to the ref, [the red card] was because he s–t on the who—g mother of the linesman,” Busquets said. “The TV might have caught it, but I’m sure Gerard wouldn’t have called her a wh–e or something like that.”

Barcelona were trying to get back and salvage something in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup after the 4-0 thrashing in the first leg. Lionel Messi scored shortly before halftime, but Pique’s red card dashed any hopes of a comeback.

Barcelona will meet up with Athletic Bilbao again on Sunday in the La Liga season opener.

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