Gerard Piqué, former Barcelona player has accused referees officiating football matches in Spain of lacking empathy.
Pique, who recently retired from playing football in an interview disclosed this.
The former Spain international who spoke about his red card when his former club took on Osasuna in an away La Liga fixture refuted claims of abusing the referee.
Explaining what transpired between him and the referee, Pique said “I went to talk to Gil Manzano, and I explained several plays to him. I told him that his decisions always affect us, and that’s why he sent me off.
“I didn’t say “I sh— on your mother. I talked to the Gil Manzano (the referee) and you can see it on the video, I say “ you always hurt us.”
“Then when we go into the locker rooms, we pass by the room where the refs are, and one of my team mates, I won’t say who, says the phrase, and the refs heard it from inside and just put it on me.”
The world cup winner who also spoke on red carding players in Spain “If you check the stats that @2010MisterChip posted, you can see how many more red cards are given in Spain compared to England. They send you off for anything. You can’t talk to the refs at all. They lack empathy.
“I think referees in Spain lack empathy. In the Premier League, they explain everything to you well and in detail.”
“In Spain you get sent off very easily.Referees should explain themselves” he advised.