Barcelona’s Gerard Piqué offers to end Spain career over Catalan turmoil


• Defender says he will make himself unavailable if necessary
• ‘If anyone thinks I’m a nuisance, then I will step aside’

The Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué says he is ready to stand down from Spain duty if he is deemed a “problem” by the national team coach, Julen Lopetegui, or the Spanish Football Federation as a result of his support for Catalan independence.

Piqué made the claim in an emotional interview after Barca’s home match against Las Palmas, which was played behind closed doors as a protest on a day when violent scenes broke out during Catalonia’s unofficial independence referendum.

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