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Piqué and his populist strategy

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11.01.2017

Gerard Piqué is in "campaign mode" but is still at the end of the day just a central defender at the football club but in some strange way he feels that he has the authority to speak for the rest of the organisation. In the past week he's made outbursts against the match officials in Barcelona's last two games against the better wishes of his head coach at the he club, Luis Enrique. The party line from the Barça board to match officiating is: referring the a game of football is complicated and subsequent complaints amount to nothing and can even be counterproductive. Despite this protocol Piqué's actions recall those of former president Joan Gaspart, His action at the end of Sunday's game was his particular attempt of a show of strength apparently aimed at Javier Tebas, who may influence kick-off times but not the appointment of match officials.

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The central defender-institutional Barça spokesman role epitomises the confusion that reigns at the club since the departure of respected key institutional figures such as Guardiola, Puyol and Xavi. The club scored an own-goal with their no-show at Monday's FIFA gala and the players are vexed with poor.....