Gerard Pique prepared to quit Spain before the World Cup

Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique insists that he could step down from the Spain national side if his support for the Catalonia's independence referendum is deemed an issue.

The La Masia graduate has been an open supporter of the movement, although the Spanish constitution has yet to recognise Catalonia as a separate nation.

Amid the unsuitable atmosphere outside the Camp Nou, Ernesto Valverde's side had initially tried to postpone their La Liga fixture against Las Palmas for another date. However, the Spanish football authorities denied the request and the Catalan giants were forced to play in an empty stadium to avoid a deduction of at least six points.

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