Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was given his marching in the second half of the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp for dissent.
Centre referee Velasco Carballo wrote in his match note that that Pique had shouted ‘I s*** on your w**** mother’ at the assistant referee.
Leo Messi had given Barcelona the lead on the night as they chased the game having already lost the first leg 4-0.
Things would take a wild turn as the referee flashed a red card at Pique for protesting the linesman decision not to flag off what he considered to be a clear offside call in the 55th minute.
In his referee’s report after the Supercopa second leg, Carballo clarified the exact language which earned Pique his marching orders and potentially an extended ban.
“Fifty-five minutes in Barcelona’s No.3, Gerard Pique Bernabeu, was expelled for the following reason: shouting ‘I s*** on your w**** mother’ at the assistant,” his report reads.
Pique could now miss up to 12 games for flouting Article 94 of La Liga’s code of ethics – “using insults, verbal abuse or having an insulting attitude”
The former Manchester United defender will definitely be absent for the first game of the season, which sees Barca return to San Mames to face Athletic on Sunday – nine days after they were hammered 4-0 in the first leg of the Supercopa.