FC Barcelona headquarter Gerard Piqué said he "has always" supported "firmly the right to decide", something that "has never hidden", but remember that "never, never" has said to be independentista.
In statements published in El País Semanal, Piqué complains about the public exposure of soccer players on certain issues: "People when they vote will do so in secret. Why do players force us to position ourselves? "
"I can advocate or defend the right to decide how I have defended La Roja with the national team for 14 years. Sport and politics go hand in hand, always. The Copa del Rey is called del Rey; When you play an international game the hymns sound, and that is political. That athletes cannot get wet? Host! We have the same right to be citizens as anyone, "he insisted.
And under this point of view, Piqué comments that the sentence of the process "has been very harsh and has provoked altercations" and reflects on this: "If the people who promote doing things without violence have fallen that, when they have argued that what they were pursuing should be done peacefully … "
The central believes that everything "could be arranged in many other ways", but does not see too many exits. "It will only be achieved when politicians do their job. They have been replaced by judges and they have handed down a sentence, "he said.
"Everyone will have their opinion on it (the sentence): some who are lazy, others who are strong and others who are well. But we didn't have to have reached this point, " the central insists.
Piqué believes that "politicians on both sides should have done their job and have not done", although with a difference: "Some are in jail and some are not."
"Defending with arguments cannot be bad. You are two or three months locked in a room until you reach an agreement. We have talked a thousand times about politics with the people of the national team, but then we have gone out to the field to play, "he recalls.