Spain fans jeer Pique in Alicante ahead of World Cup qualifier

ShareClose Comments
While the announcing of the Barcelona star's name was greeted with a few cheers, they were drowned out by whistles and boos after a turbulent week

Gerard Pique once more became the focus for the wrath of Spain fans on Thursday as he was booed and jeered prior to the nation's World Cup qualifier against Albania.

The Barcelona defender has been in the headlines this week for his support of the Catalunya independence referendum, which was violently broken up by security forces leaving over 900 injured in the region. 

Spain 2/9 to keep Albania clean sheet

Pique also put in doubt his own future with the Spain team on that same day , saying on Sunday he would step aside if the coach or RFEF directors wished it so. 

And while there were a few cheers for his name when it was read out in Alicante, those supporters were drowned out by boos and whistles from the stands. 

Article continues below

It is not the first time that the outspoken Barcelona man has been barracked by his own nation's fans, as he has held an uneasy relationship with many in Spain due to his views on Catalan nationalism. 

But his Roja team-mates, notably Sergio Ramos, have long defended his commitment to the cause, with the Real Madrid defender saying earlier this week that the pair got on well despite their club rivalry

"We have a very good relationship even though we think differently. There should not be any problem between us," Ramos said.

Next article:
Bayern star Muller to miss Celtic and Dortmund games with hamstring strain
Next article:
FIFA & Football Manager could help future managers, says Allardyce
Next article:
Has Alex Sandro replaced Filipe Luis for Brazil?
Next article:
'It's like hitting a chef with a knife and fork' – Neymar blasts Marseille fans for missiles
Next article:
Ince: Man Utd not as fast as Spurs and Man City
Close