Gerard Piqué joined up with his Spanish teammates on Monday in Las Rozas as the national side embark on their latest World Cup qualifying games. The defender arrived with Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Marc Bartra and made no statement regarding what happened in Barcelona at the weekend. Once settled, however, Piqué took to Twitter to criticise events in Catalonia on Sunday and posted a Tweet with a video and sarcastically added by a quote from Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría saying "They [the police] acted professionally and with appropriately".
''Han actuado con profesionalidad y de modo proporcional y proporcionado''. https://t.co/FLHvhmwJ8L— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) 2 de octubre de 2017
Before flying to Madrid, Piqué was asked at El Prat in Barcelona what he had to say and he replied, "I said what I had to say yesterday..." The questions continued to pour in but the 30-year-old refused to comment further.
On Sunday, after Barcelona beat Las Palmas behind closed door at the Camp Nou, Piqué broke down in tears as he explained his feelings on the Catalan referendum and said that he is, and feels Catalan and that they are not bad people. He continued and said they simply want the chance to vote on their independence.
The Barcelona defender also offered to step aside if he is deemed a problem within the Spanish national side. "If the manager or anyone in the federation believe that I am a problem, I will step to the side and I will leave the national team before the World Cup."
Piqué will take part in training with the national team on Monday afternoon, which for the moment, remains open in Las Rozas.