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Ernesto Valverde defends Gerard Pique after red card

Valverde defends Pique after red card
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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde defends Gerard Pique after the centre-back was sent off during Wednesday's Champions League clash with Olympiacos.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has come to the defence of Gerard Pique after the centre-back was sent off during Wednesday's Champions League clash with Olympiacos.

Barcelona moved onto nine points in Group D courtesy of a 3-1 win over the Greek giants at Camp Nou.

However, the Catalan side had to play the whole second half with 10 men after Pique picked up a second yellow card for what referee Willie Collum deemed to be a deliberate handball inside the Olympiacos box.

Valverde has claimed that Pique's decision to go for a Gerard Deulofeu cross with his hand was purely 'instinctive'.

"Pique? I haven't seen the replays, but I'd imagine it was all instinct, with the goal so close to him," Valverde told Football Espana.

Barcelona will return to La Liga action this weekend with a home game against basement side Malaga.

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