Barcelona defender Gerard Pique may face punishment for his inciting celebration after scoring in Barcelona’s 1-1 draw against Espanyol.
Gerard Moreno opened the scoring for Quique Sanchez Flores’ side in the 66th minute, with Pique equalizing in the 82nd minute.
The former Manchester United man was seen shushing the home fans after he scored the equaliser, and was criticized by La Liga president Javier Tebas.
“The committee will rule if the gesture is punishable, but we will take it to them for them to make a decision,” Tebas said, as quoted by Sport.
“The regulations make it possible that certain ways of celebrating goals can be considered a provocation.”
“We have to highlight the fact Espanyol worked well and until that moment, Pique’s goal, there was not a single insult aimed at Pique’s family, which is something La Liga was worried about. His provocative gesture made the fans react and come out with intolerable insults.”
Pique explained why he decided to celebrate in the manner in which he did at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday.
“Celebrating the goal was special after everything that’s happened in the last week. Some of the fans here have been directing insults at me and my family for a long time. I was telling them, in general, to be quiet, but maybe I shouldn’t have,” Sky Sports reported Pique as saying.
“I know a lot of good Espanyol fans. Maybe it should have been directed at the club or its owners for not reporting certain things.
“They are from Cornella, like I said the other day. I know it hurt them and I used sarcasm to annoy them but saying they play in Cornella is not disrespectful, it’s a fact.
“They complain about that and report me, but they don’t investigate insults towards my family. That is disrespectful. The least I could do was bring silence to the Espanyol fans.”