Gerard Piqué escapes punishment for saying referees favor Real Madrid
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Gerard Piqué escapes punishment for saying referees favor Real Madrid

According to Cadena SER, the Spanish Federation will not sanction Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué after the Competition Committee agreed to close their inquiry into the player's remarks about Spanish referees and their support for Real Madrid.

Piqué made the remarks in a YouTube interview from last February, in which he quoted a former referee's claim that 85 percent of Spanish officials were Real Madrid fans, and claimed that this may explain why Real won LaLiga last season with so many controversial decisions in their favor.

“How are they not going to favor Real Madrid. Even if they do it unconsciously, how are they not going to be kinder to one side over the other. I respect referees’ professionalism and I know that they’re doing the best job possible, but when there’s a moment of doubt what will they do?”

Source: ESPN

Piqué's remarks did not violate the federation's rules against openly challenging the honor and impartiality of match officials, according to the investigation.

If Piqué was found guilty, he faced a four-game suspension, but there will be no punishment, and Gerard will be able to play.

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