Football: Ramos Backs Teammate Pique Over Catalonia Crisis

Real Madrid Captain and Spain’s Skipper Sergio Ramos said Football fans have a right to Real Madrid Captain and Spain’s Skipper Sergio Ramos said Football fans have a right to express their opinion however they see fit but cautions that a line must be drawn between sports and politics for the good of the game.

His statements come after Catalan defender Gerard Pique was booed by Spanish fans in training ahead of their World Cup Qualifier against Albania.

Gerard Pique in a press conference said he was hurt by the boos from the fans as his commitment to the national team since he was fifteen remains intact.

Backs Pique’s Move

Pique reiterated this week that quitting the Spanish national team wasn’t an option and Sergio Ramos backed his position.

Ahead of the Qualifier against Albania, “Julen Lopetegui” Spain’s head coach urged his team to remain focused. Our commitment to our responsibilities should be solid because right now our responsibility is here, he said.

The coach said the team’s goal was to achieve 100 percent success and distractions are unproductive if Spain is to advance into the World Cup group stage.

The team is focused right now on the game against Albania, the rest will come but our primary responsibility in this game, he said.

Julen Lopetegui said that the Qualification for the World Cup is at stake, so maximum effort must come to bear in preparations ahead of their qualifier against Albania. For everything the players have done leading to this moment, we must be victorious over Albania, he said.

Catalonia has been involved in a bitter Struggle with the head government in Madrid over a botched referendum..