Pique recently got involved in another war of words, days after posting his pay slip online, this time wading into Villarreal boss Unai Emery after the coach told him to ‘stop deceiving people’ following his criticism of Real Madrid.
The defender claimed that Valencia were ‘robbed’ in their 4-1 loss to Real Madrid, but Unai Emery was not pleased with his opinion. The Valencia coach later accused him of hypocrisy after he allegedly handballed against Villarreal earlier this season.
Barcelona beat Villareal 3-1 in November, and Pique’s handball incidence was one of the major talking points, after which Unai Emery questioned why the Spaniard had not open up about it but rushed to highlight how Madrid benefitted from refereeing decisions against Valencia.
Emery in a press conference said: ‘Pique yesterday took Twitter to talk about refereeing in the match between Real Madrid and Valencia match.
‘But he forgot that there was a clear penalty for us that was not called when he saved the with his hand in the penalty area against us.
‘Instead of staying silent, you have to be honest and not deceive people.’
In a quick response, Pique pointed out that Emery had a history of complaining about referee decisions, saying he had still been lamenting on refereeing calls from PSG’s 6-1 defeat to Barcelona three years after the match had taken place.