“In the 55th minute, the player (3) Piqué Bernabéu, Gerard was expelled for the following motive: screaming at the referee’s assistant: Me cago en tu puta madre”. That was the statement from referee Carlos Velasco Carballo who was the main official for the Barcelona-Athletic Spanish Supercup final second-leg. That report may bring serious consequences for the Barcelona central defender possibly carrying a sanction of between 2 and 12 matches. To begin with, however long the ban is, it will be carried over to la Liga because article 56 was modified by the RFEF – The Spanish football federation – this June 30 for the Spanish Supercopa. So, even if the sanction is light, from one to four games, it won’t wait for the same competition as it has done up until now, but will be imposed immediately for all official games. That is, la Liga. If Pique gets a four-match ban, he will miss the visits to San Mamés and the Calderón and will not be available to Luis Enrique in the two home matches against Málaga and Levante. Barcelona has until 2pm to present their case.
By virtue of article 94 of the Disciplinary Code, the offence may be considered serious: “Insulting, offending or conducting yourself in an injurious manner towards the principal referee (...) will carry a sanction of between 4 and 12 games.” Although the code states “principal referee”, in January 2013 Sergio Ramos received a one-match ban for a sending-off in a cup match against Celta and a further four matches for calling referee Ayza Gámez a “crook” and screaming “same as always, you’re a gang of crooks”.
Velasco Carballo, madrileño, sent Pique off with a straight red in the 55th minute. The central defender who had tried to build up momentum for a heroic comeback with tweets saying “yo creo” - “I believe” after the 4-0 defeat that he watched from the bench. The defender protested when the assistant didn’t flag for an offside and Aduriz had a shot which was saved by Bravo. Pique spat insults at the linesman when the ball went out for a corner: “me cago en tu puta madre” he said, which means doing something very unsanitary to the linesman’s mother.
It’s been a fraught couple of weeks for Pique, first he was caught on camera saying “que se jodan en Madrid” – “they can go f** themselves in Madrid, let them watch us win it all”, Luis Enrique thought it wise to rest him for the first leg of the Supercopa when Barça lost 4-0 and his tweet before the return-leg trended on twitter. This loco week ended in a red card and may result in even more serious consequences for Barça.