Pique conduct to be investigated

Spain's Anti-Violence Commission will meet next week to study recent comments made by Barcelona defender Gerard Pique about Espanyol fans.

Speaking after Barca's 4-1 win against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey last-16 first leg on Wednesday, Pique said of the visiting support: “They brand themselves a wonderful minority, but I hope they're not such a minority as they were [on Saturday] that they can't fill their stadium.

“We'll see if they can fill it [for the second leg].”

AS reports, the commission was due to meet on Friday, but the meeting has now been postponed.

The committee will also take the opportunity to analyse the stopper's behaviour on social networks, with his tweet full of laughter emotes in response to Real Madrid's Copa expulsion for fielding an ineligible player, plus his statements to the media, including his 'cone' remark towards Alvaro Arbeloa.

It now remains to be seen whether Pique will be punished as the commission is reported as being “very committed” to working with La Liga in fighting against even “the slighest outbreak of provocation”.

Espanyol spokesman Rafael Entrena felt Pique had gone “over the line too many times”.

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