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Gerard Pique accused of deliberate booking to guarantee El Clasico spot

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.

It was his fifth yellow card of the season and means he will miss the trip to Eibar on 19 October once the international break is over. But in picking up a yellow and earning a one-game suspension last night, Pique will now be free to play El Clasico.

Spanish outlet Marca are reporting that Pique’s actions were intentional, with referee Miguel Antonio Mateu Lahoz forced into booking the defender in the 85th minute when Barca were four goals to the good.

For instance, in the 2018-19 Champions League round-of-16 first-leg clash between AFC Ajax and Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos picked up a yellow card on purpose, so that he can sit out in the second-leg and play in the quarter-finals when they qualify.

The Spanish veteran later found out that he was too early to make his prediction, as Ajax thrashed them 4-1 in the second leg to eliminate them from the competition.

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