Sam MarsdenBarcelona correspondent
Barcelona director Guillermo Amor says it be unacceptable to hang interplay Gerard Pique liable for the loss of life threats purchased by Espanyol participant Adria Pedrosa.
Pedrosa, 20, has been subjected to a barrage of abuse from his own supporters after asking to swap shirts with Barca forward Lionel Messi on the tip of Saturday’s Catalan derby at Camp Nou, which Espanyol misplaced 2-0.
La Sexta journalist Maria Martinez led the criticism against Pique, claiming he used to be liable for the threats thanks to the participant’s boast earlier than the game that he’s price bigger than Espanyol’s funds.
“The 2 things have not got something else to stay with each and every other,” Amor told reporters earlier thanBarca’s thrilling 4-4 procedureagainst Villarreal on Tuesday.
“It’s no longer acceptable responsible Gerard for something as extreme as loss of life threats purchased by a footballer for asking for Messi’s shirt.
“It’s fashioned that somebody would desire Leo’s shirt, he’s the highest participant on this planet. To mix that with Pique’s comments lacks all reason. All opponents desire Messi’s shirt and it be understandable why.”
Pique, talking gentle-heartedly sooner than the derby, told Movistar+ final week: “I in actuality hang extra money than Espanyol’s funds this year. Nope, no longer appropriate €57 million, it be plenty bigger than that.”
Espanyolhit help on social media, announcing that their values — at the side of the tribute within the 21st minute of each and every match to used captain Dani Jarque, who died of a coronary heart assault ancient 26 in 2001 — couldn’t be measured in Euros.
The Barcelona defender has a prolonged history of feuds with Espanyol. He has previously disputed that they are a Barcelona-basically basically basically based membership, announcing that Cornella, where they play their house video games, is no longer a part of the Catalan metropolis.
In the interim, Espanyol followers grunt chants about his family, at the side of his accomplice Shakira, and hang held up banners mocking the Colombian singer.
Pique used to be left on the bench against Villarreal on Tuesday for the principle time in La Liga this season. He had no longer previously missed a single minute.
Without him, Barca surrendered a two-aim lead and stumbled on themselves 4-2 down against Villarreal heading into the final minute of fashioned time. But leisurely goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez saved a procedure and ensured the Catalans will hang an eight-point lead on the top going into Saturday’s game against Atletico Madrid.