Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has defended Gerard Pique over his celebration against Espanyol on Sunday. After controversially saying that Espanyol are not from Cornella, it was fitting that Gerard Pique would be the man to pop up with a late equaliser against Barcelona’s Catalan rivals on Sunday.
“Piqué’s celebration is a celebration that many players use when they score. It’s not the first time a player has silenced a stadium. It’s normal. Players have done it in the Camp Nou and in other stadiums. It was a normal celebration and an important goal.”
“Piqué explained later that he was fed up about the insults toward Shakira and his son. The fans should not throw insults at anyone. We try to get rid of this at the Camp Nou, but there are minorities sometimes who do make songs.”
“Respect, sportsmanship, and fair play are very important. We always encourage fans to encourage the team.”
“We have decided to not file a complaint. We hope that corresponding teams take note and act accordingly as well.”
“Piqué said Espanyol have Chinese owners? Well, most teams are owned by millionaires, so it’s common. It’s normal.”
“Whenever there is a derby, we ask our fans to encourage our team, and respect the rival. Espanyol and Barça have held many conversations to stop hatred.”