The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has agreed to covertly investigate Gerard Pique’s gesture during the match with Espanyol a fortnight ago.
The 31-year-old Catalan rose highest to a Messi’s corner kick to nod home the equalizer and he immediately sped towards a section of the agitated home fans and planted his index finger on his lips signalling a hush to the hitherto noisy fans who had been, reportedly, spewing profanity at his family.
According to MARCA: The Football Federation’s Competition Committee will look into this drama and hear all sides of the argument from every party to know if the player will be sanctioned.
The trade of offensive words between Espanyol fans and Pique had culminated in the buildup to the match after the lanky defender had dismissed the club as “Espanyol de Cornell” instead of Espanyol de Barcelona because of the location of their RCDE Stadium which is straddled between Cornellà and El Prat outside Barcelona and also posted a video of Espanyol fans calling his wife Shakira, something that translates, “a whore” and some of them even went further to threaten the live of his child with the chant “Milan die” but has duly deleted the video.
“The least I could do was bring silence to the Espanyol fans. To say that the club is from Cornella is not disrespectful, it’s simply the truth, Espanyol are increasingly uprooted from Barcelona and has a Chinese president,” said Pique to Spanish media at the post-match interview.
“They complain about me but don’t investigate the insults to my family; players are also people and react accordingly to what happens.”