Barcelona powerless preventing Pique from off-field ‘distractions’

Barcelona are powerless from demanding Gerard Pique wind back his business interests to focus on his football.

The Catalans believe Pique’s business interests are a distraction and want him to dedicate less time to these pursuits.

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Reports suggest that Xavi himself met with Pique to make this request after details of Pique’s business dealings with Spanish football federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales in relation to the Supercopa de Espana.

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Toni Roca, CEO of the Sports Law Institute, explained, however, that the Blaugrana will be limited in what they can actually do to force Pique to keep his focus on the pitch.

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“Essentially, a club or a coach of a football team cannot punish with explicit sanctions a player for economic activities outside of their profession,” said Roca.

“In the case of Barcelona we don’t have Pique’s contract, but we can take publicly leaked contracts like [Lionel] Messi’s or Neymar’s as a guide.

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“We can expect that in this respect, they won’t be different from Pique’s. These types of clauses are usually standard.”

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Author: Agyei

A hardcore football fan, who thinks Marcelo Bielsa needs his own brand of water cooler.

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