Gerard Pique Calls Antoine Griezmann ‘Motherf***er’ In Furious On-Pitch Row
Gerard Pique and Antoine Griezmann had a heated on-pitch row during Barcelona's 4-1 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
The scores were actually locked at 1-1 when the Barca defender started yelling at Griezmann in Spanish, clearly picked up by the pitch-side microphones in the empty Camp Nou at the end of the first half.
"Let's have a long possession, for f**k's sake. F**king hell! Let's go. A f**king long possession!" shouted Pique at his teammates, according to Marca's translation.
Uf, terrible arguing between Piqué and Griezmann on the pitch:- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) February 17, 2021
Piqué: "Let's have a long ball possession, for fu**'s sake!"
Griezmann: "Be quiet, stop shouting motherfu****"
Piqué: "No you motherfu****, we struggle and still we are running as crazy!" pic.twitter.com/JOPOgfYIjl
Griezmann replied: "Calm, Geri, stop shouting." To which Pique responded: "F**king hell Grizzi, f**k's s...".
Griezmann: "F**k you."
Pique: "No, f**k you. We're suffering and it's been like this for five minutes." Griezmann: "Don't shout."
At this point, Griezmann's fellow French international Clement Lenglet tried to act as peacemaker between the pair, but did not defuse the argument.
"Motherf***er, we're running like crazy," Pique shouted. Griezmann replied: "I'm running too."
Piqué: "Just one f***ing long possession, f**k!"- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) February 16, 2021
Griezmann: "Calm down, stop yelling...your mother's c**t."
Piqué: "No, your mother's c**t, we are suffering and running like crazy people."
Lionel Messi had actually given Barcelona the lead from the penalty spot, before Kylian Mbappe - who would go on to score a hat-trick - equalised just after the half-hour mark.
Clearly a frustrated Pique could see which way the game was going, judging by his top-volume frustration let loose on his teammates - with particular attention to Griezmann.
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PSG scored three second-half goals, Moise Kean also netting as the Mbappe-inspired side simply ripped Barca apart for yet another Champions League humiliation. Pique himself was only able to stop Mbappe by desperately pulling him back.
Pique: "Not one fucking long spell of possession, fucks sake. Fucking hell! Come on!"- M•A•J (@Ultra_Suristic) February 16, 2021
Griezmann: "That's enough Geri, easy."
Pique: "FFS Grizi, fucking hell!"
Griezmann: "Fuck off."
Pique: "No, you fuck off yourself! We're suffering, we've been like this for 5mins!" #UCL
The lack of crowd made the blazing, foul-mouthed argument between Pique and Griezmann all the more audible.
It's impossible to know whether this was just two players desperate to win briefly letting out their anger on the pitch before making up post-match. But Griezmann has never entirely seemed to fit in since his €120 million move from Atletico Madrid in 2019.
Fans have been debating the attitude of both players on a night where Barcelona simply couldn't match their opponents and now have a mountain to climb in the second leg in Paris.
This isn't as bad as it's coming across.- banega (@bvanega) February 17, 2021
The direct word for word translation on profanities always make it seem worse.
It's actually a very good strong word from Pique trying get the tram to stem the tide of attacks. As a coach, exactly What you'd want from your leader. https://t.co/n54lGyzPiq
Completely destabilizing from Pique. Though he never said the word c*nt not once. https://t.co/JoKCI82uNj- Riquelmista:tm: (@ElCerebr0) February 17, 2021
I heard that... Thought Pique was talking unnecessarily.- Mr. Jallow (@ChernorSJ) February 17, 2021
So Griezmann ain't a softie after all. https://t.co/q9hRtqyvQD
Featured image credit: BT Sport
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