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Carles Puyol: ‘Gerard Piqué’s Gesture to Espanyol Fans Was Restrained’

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Puyol defended his former FC Barcelona teammate

RCD Espanyol v FC Barcelona - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Carles Puyol was never afraid to tell his teammates when they’ve gone too far. The former FC Barcelona captain became famous for his insistence on fair play, going as far as restraining and chiding his teammates if they had gone too far.

But he saw no reason to reprimand Gerard Piqué this time after the defender had done a “shh” gesture towards Espanyol fans during the two teams’ 1-1 draw in La Liga.

“That gesture has been done by many, many players, and they’ve given it more importance than is required,” Puyol said. “I don’t know what the fans were saying, but in other games, they had insulted him and his family, so I believe that he was actually restrained.”

Puyol continued: “It’s not fair what he has had to live through but he is capable of enduring it perfectly. He focuses on the game, and that’s all.”

Speaking about Piqué being branded a “provoker,” Puyol said that ”he says what he thinks and it’s not easy to endure what he has to endure.”

“We only focus on what Gerard says,” Puyol reasoned, “but, what about what others say to him?”

Puyol also was full of praise for Samuel Umtiti: “Last season he did very well. He is becoming one of the best centerbacks. It’s not easy defending with so many meters behind you. You feel exposed. But he has adapted perfectly. He is a leader, one of the best in the world.”

Puyi also expressed satisfaction with the work of Ernesto Valverde, saying the coach is doing “extraordinary” work and “knows the team’s philosophy and has adapted very well.”