Barcelona defender Gerard Pique defends handball in draw against Osasuna

Sport360 staff 18:00 01/09/2019
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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique believes the penalty given to Osasuna during their 2-2 draw was not a fair decision to give away.

An entertaining night at Pamplona ended with the spoils being shared after four goals were scored in an exciting contest, including a dream goal for 16-year-old Blaugrana striker Ansu Fati.

However, it was Pique who was at fault for Barcelona, conceding a penalty in the death.

The former Spain international defended his action and claimed that his arm was swung in the natural direction and the penalty was an unfair call.

“I hit it with my hand, but we always have meetings at the start of the season and they talk about distance to the ball,” Pique said, according to Marca. “I didn’t have time [to get out of the way].

“I wasn’t taking up more space than normal with the hand. I was jumping in my natural way. I’d like the referees to try and do it.

“For me, who was in the middle of it, it shouldn’t have been a penalty.”

Despite dropping points in two out of three game so fars, Pique is calm and believes there is time for Barcelona to set things right.

“We’re not worried,” he said. “It’s not the start we wanted, but we know that the league is long.

“The important thing is to get to March or April with a chance of winning the league.

“We’d have liked to have nine points from nine, but we’re having more difficulties than expected.

“It’s important to remain united.”

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