After going through ‘the most difficult situation of his entire professional career’, as he called his obligation to play in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Las Palmas at an empty Camp Nou, Gerard Pique tried to send a message to (the rest of) Spain, saying
there are people who think that we, the Catalans, are the bad guys in this whole thing. We’re not. We just want to be recognized the right and to be given the chance to vote
the Barcelona defender said in tears, having seen, like everyone else in the whole world who watched the news yesterday, the Spanish national police use violence unseen in Catalonia in years in an attempt to prevent Catalan citizens from voting in a referendum organized by the local Catalan government.
I am and I feel Catalan and today I am proud of the people of Catalonia more than ever before, for how peaceful and restraint we were, not responding to the police’s attitude
Pique, who had voted himself earlier in the morning, also said, before showing his… disgust towards Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s Prime Minister.
This is one of the worst decisions in 50 years. They have separated Catalonia and Spain more and there will be consequences. The president of this government goes around the world without even knowing how to speak English. That’s his level
the Catalan defender said.