Spain fans are wrong to boo Pique – Perez

The Blancos chief says the constant jeering of the centre-back is “bad”, especially when he is on national team duty

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has defended Gerard Pique, after the Barcelona defender was subjected to boos from the home crowd in Spain’s 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Slovakia. 

Pique has courted controversy with his public views on Catalan independence, with Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos suggesting he needs to think about his actions for the benefit of the national team.

However, a number of other Spain stars, such as Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla and Jordi Alba, have voiced support for the centre-back, and Perez is the latest to back him.

“The only thing that I can say is that I’m sure that sometimes he gets things wrong, like everybody,” the Real Madrid president told the Spanish radio programme The Twelve O’ Clock Match

“But it doesn’t seem right to whistle anybody and even less so somebody for the national team.

“Pique is how he is but it seems bad to me that he’s whistled.”

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