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Barca’s Gerrard Pique given red card in final career game



 Barca s Gerrard Pique given red card in final career game
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Barcelona’s legendary centre-back received a red card from bench in their La Liga match away to Osasuna on Tuesday evening.
The  defender was sent off not long after team-mate Robert Lewandowski received a second yellow card for a flying elbow in 2-1 victory over rival Osasuna.
Because Pique was not yet introduced to the game as a substitute, the Blaugrana remained at 10 men rather than nine.
 It is unclear what Pique said to match official Gil Manzano, but there’s no doubt the referee knew it was the defender’s last-ever match before retirement and dismissed him anyway.
Well, that is one way to end a career! Any longstanding grievances Pique held against Manzano are no doubt off his chest now. He received a warm send-off last weekend in his final appearance at Camp Nou, so perhaps he felt his farewell to football was already complete.
 Xavi claimed after the match that he fully intended to put Pique on the pitch in the second half before he was sent off.
The manager told reporters: “Pique would have participated today because [Andreas] Christensen was recovering from injury and Eric [Garcia] had discomfort.”
For Pique, a spell with his legs up most likely. Barcelona, meanwhile, are now not in action again until December 31, when they take on city rivals Espanyol in La Liga.

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