The Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique will be missing the first 4 matches of La Liga this season, as the Spanish football federation banned him after this attitude against the linesman on Spanish Super Cup match against Atletico Bilbao.

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Gerard Pique was sent off on 58th minute after insulting the linesman on the absence of a offside flag against Aritz Aduriz. On post match interview , the main referee claimed that the Spanish international was sent off because he insulted his assistant and the defender would be banned from 4 to 12 matches for his behaviour.

Gerard Pique has claimed his regret on being angry, and he denies to have insulted the linesman : “I apologise for the attitude I used to protest with the linesman, it was not correct,” he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.”It was a very tense match in which a lot was at stake. However, at no time did I say any kind of insult towards him.”

Anyway the Spanish FA didn’t consider defender’s words , but decided a 4 matches ban on him, so Luis Enrique have to handle the next 4 games against : Athletic Bilbao, Malaga, Atletico Madrid and Levante without his main defender. Pique is expected to return in action against Celta Vigo on 23 september.

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