Pique ‘accused of deliberately getting booked to guarantee playing El Clasico’

Barcelona centre back Gerard Pique has been accused of deliberately getting booked in La Liga to avoid a potential ban for El Clasico against Real Madrid on October 26.

Pique kicked the ball away late on in Barca’s 4-0 win against Sevilla on Sunday, thus picking up his fifth yellow card of the season and with it a one-match suspension.

The 32-year-old will now miss Barcelona’s first game after the international break, a trip to Eibar, but is free to play against fierce rivals Real Madrid at the Camp Nou a week later.