Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has hit out at Spanish authorities over the Catalonian independence referendum that turned violent on Sunday.
Pique is believed to be supporter of the clamour for an independence Catalonia, and has not hidden his support for referendum.
On Sunday, over 460 people were reportedly injured when riot police stopped people accessing polling stations in the referendum declared illegal by Spain’s ruling Partido Popular.
The defender condemned police brutality against Catalonians and said he had no problem quitting the Spanish national team.
He said, ” Well backing the referendum, you can then vote yes or not [for independence]. Or you can spoil your paper but you vote.
‘During many years people could not vote here and this is a right that should be defended by all means within the law possible. I am Catalan and I feel Catalan and today more than ever I feel proud of the Catalan people.
‘I think I can keep playing for the Spain team because I think that there are many people throughout the country that are completely against the acts we have seen today and who believe in the democracy.
‘If the Spain manager or the Spanish FA think I’m a problem then I have no problem in stepping aside and leaving the team.’