The world was jaw-dropped on Sunday when footage of Spanish national police striking out at protesters across the region surfaced on the internet, with some of the bloodiest clashes occurring in Catalan capital Barcelona.
Pique could not hide his indignation having voted himself before the match, and challenged critics of his pro-Catalan stance in the RFEF and national team.
“If the coach or any director of the Federation thinks that I am a problem for the national, I will step aside before the World Cup,” the defender, visibly moved by the day’s events, told reporters at the final whistle.
“It has been a very hard game to play, the worst experience of my professional career.
“I am and I feel like a Catalan and today I am proud of the people of Catalunya.
“We are not a minority, there were millions of us. We are not the bad guys, we just want to vote.”
Despite Barca’s request for their game not to hold, La Liga insisted the game must go ahead. However, the game was played behind closed doors with Barca winning 3:0.