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Pique commits to staying with Spain despite fierce criticism

Pique commits to staying with Spain despite fierce criticism

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Oct 4 (Reuters) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said on Wednesday that he considered quitting the Spanish national team over criticism for his views on the Catalan independence referendum, but decided against it because it would play into the hands of his detractors.
Pique was jeered in an open training session with Spain on Monday, a day after he broke down in tears following the violent incidents in his home region as police tried to prevent would-be voters from taking part in the banned referendum.

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