Barcelona will need to get by without the expertise of Gerard Pique for the following four matches after he was presented with a substantial suspension through the Spanish football federation (RFEF) following his red card against Sports Bilbao in Monday’s Supercopa de Espana second-leg draw.
The The country worldwide was ignored round the hour mark carrying out a verbal tirade in a linesman over the lack of an offside flag against Aritz Aduriz.
Referee Velasco Carballo’s claimed in the publish-match are convinced that Pique yelled foul words at his assistant, an indiscretion that the center-back might have been banned between four and 12 games.
The 28-year-old arrived on the scene on Tuesday to apologise for his conduct, although he was adamant he didn’t utter the words pointed out within the referee’s report, while Barcelona also protested Pique’s innocence.
The RFEF wasn’t astounded by the Catalans’ protests, though and it has made the decision to hands your opponent a four-game ban.
Pique will consequently miss the Liga encounters with Sports Bilbao, Malaga, Atletico Madrid and Levante.
He could go back to match action within the away game to Celta de Vigo on September 23.
Pique’s absence leaves Luis Enrique lacking options in defence, with Thomas Vermaelen, Jeremy Mathieu, Marc Bartra and Javier Mascherano as his only remaining alternatives at center-back.