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Pique Risks 12-Game Ban

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique could miss up to 12 matches for the club after a foul tirade of abuse against an assistant referee. With Barcelona 1-0 up in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup, the 28-year-old was sent off, ending the chance of a famous come-back – they had been down 4-0 to Athletic Bilbao after the first leg.

The Spanish international lost his head after the assistant failed to flag an offside call in the 55th minute. “I s*** on your w**** of a mother”, he angrily told the linesman before he was dragged away by teammates.

Abusing an official will land Pique with a minimum of a four game suspension, meaning he would miss the fixtures against Athletic Bilbao, Levante, Malaga and a massive trip to Atletico Madrid in early September. The Spanish football association (LFP) could suspend him for up to 12 matches for the offence

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