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Barcelona defender: No plan to quit Spanish team

Good news came to Spanish National team as Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique call off his plan of quitting the national. Pique has earlier talked of leaving the Spain national squad if his opinion about Catalonia’s independence is any kind of botheration to the officials. However, he was seen practicing with his Spanish ally this Monday in Madrid.

AGGRESSION OF FANS

Gerard Pique joined the evening session with Spain on Monday at Las Rozas. The angry fans accosted him by shouting “Pique, a***hole, Spain is your country…. Pique, a***hole, leave the national team,” and even showed signs saying ‘Pique fora’ – ‘Pique out’. Due to this, the session was called off just after 23 minutes. These fans were angry with his decision to stay in Spanish team contradicting his earlier statement about leaving the team as a support of Catalonia’s independence.

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PIQUE’S RESPONSE

The behavior of fans was hard for this 30 years old defender. Pique said on Wednesday, “I want to talk, to solve this problem. Being insulted is not nice but it is a challenge for me, I aim to turn this around. Many people across Spain want talks and dialogue. I’ve been coming here since a 15-year-old and here this is like a family for me. You cannot doubt my commitment to the national side. It hurts me that you doubt my commitment. I am proud to be in the national team and be part of this group. I’ve considered retiring as it would be easier for my teammates, but that would be a victory for those whistling. There are much more who oppose their actions than those who carry them out, I am sure of it. I don’t want to go out of the national team through the back door – the easy route. This team and the federation are my families. I want to continue for them.”

Keeping up his point, Pique said, “I believe Catalans should have the right to vote on their future and respect others think differently. So let’s have a conversation. People who believe in Catalan independence can play for Spain. You may want your own country, but that is nothing against Spain. That is not the case for me, but it would certainly be possible. People don’t oppose Spain and recognize it is full of good people. Everyone can express their opinions on topical subjects, why shouldn’t footballers be allowed to do the same? I never put myself on any side of the argument. I said people should be able to vote: to vote yes, no, or spoil their ballot. What I want to convey is that there are very different opinions. We just have to respect each other.”

“SHOULD CATALONIA BE INDEPENDENT?”

Taking about his answer to the question about Catalonia’s independence, Pique stated, “That’s the million dollar question, and I cannot answer. I’m not going to answer that because I think footballers are global people. Most of my followers are foreign. My kids are Colombian, Lebanese, Catalan and Spanish. Right now my response is that there’s a big political problem in Spain but the only way to resolve it is dialogue, otherwise this thing gets worse.”

He added, “Spain and Catalonia are like a father, with the son who wants to leave home. Spain has the choice to just say no or to sit down and talk. I don’t see what you have to lose by talking. This is bigger than me. This is about a part of Spain who wants to leave. This is about millions of people who want to vote. My opinion now is irrelevant. What matter is politicians doing their job and solving this by talking. Everyone knows I’m open and honest, can open my heart. I don’t think that is a problem. I want people to see that I’m coherent, defend what I believe and respect that others might think differently. I only ask for respect.”

AUTHOR’S TAKE

Footballers also have the right to put up their thoughts and opinions. Pique’s decision should be respected by his fans. Moreover, his continuation in the national team does not counter his patriotism towards Catalonia. Furthermore, he is in good terms with the Spanish captain, Sergio Ramos, which was called as broken in rumors these days.

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