‘Do you want a four-match ban?’: Gerard Pique reveals what he said to calm Diego Costa down after striker’s red card against Barcelona
- Diego Costa shouted ‘I s*** on you w**** mother’ at the referee on Saturday night
- Gerard Pique spoke to the striker as he walked towards the Nou Camp tunnel
- The Barcelona defender told Costa to calm down before his side went on to win
- Atletico Madrid are now 11 points behind leaders Barca with seven games left
Costa was given his marching orders at the Nou Camp on Saturday night after shouting ‘I s*** on you w**** mother’ at referee Gil Manzano.
Pique was pictured having a word in the Spain striker’s ear as he walked towards the tunnel, with some suggesting he was trying to wind up Costa.
Gerard Pique has a word with Diego Costa after the striker’s red card against Barcelona
Costa shouts in the face of referee Gil Manzano during Saturday’s game at the Nou Camp
However, Pique has now defended his actions and explained that he was simply trying to stop the former Chelsea star from making the situation worse.
‘All I said to Costa was to calm down and to stop talking to the referee,’ the Barcelona defender said.
‘I asked “do you want a four match ban?”‘
Pique did his best to calm the striker down following his dismissal in the opening period
Manzano did not hesitate to brandish the red card following Costa’s unsavoury comments
La Liga will review Costa’s behaviour before making a decision on his punishment, but he could face a lengthy suspension with only seven games of the season left.
Atletico put up a fight with 10 men after the 30-year-old was dismissed in the first half, but they could not prevent Ernesto Valverde’s men taking another huge step towards the title.
Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi both struck late on to hand the champions a crucial 2-0 victory, which sent them 11 points clear of Atletico at the top of the table.
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