Barcelona defender Gerard Pique was jeered by fans as Spain qualified for following World Cup with a comfortable 3-0 home against Albania.


Pique claimed prior to the game he would not be cleared out of the national team by followers opposed to his public assistance for the Catalonia self-reliance referendum.

Jeers rang out from Spain followers each time the 30-year-old touched the sphere in Alicante.

Goals by Rodrigo, Isco and also Thiago sent Spain through one suit to save.

The result means Italy, who drew 1-1 with Macedonia, will need to receive Russia via the play-offs.

Pique, 30, will miss out on Monday’s final video game in Israel (19:45 BST) through suspension, after grabbing a second-half booking for drawing back Armando Sadiku.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva additionally got his 2nd yellow card of the certifying campaign, ruling him out of the Jerusalem connection.

Pique tweeted an image on Sunday of his ballot in the mandate – a ballot which was opposed by Spain’s national authorities and also banned by its Head of state – with a message that “together we are unstoppable in safeguarding freedom”.

He later claimed he will certainly relinquish international football if the federation wishes.

The former Manchester United player had actually been provided a taste of what to expect in Alicante after he was jeered by some followers at a training session ahead of this game.

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