Atletico Madrid defender commended Barcelona’s Gerard Pique for speaking his mind with regards to the recent Catalan independence referendum, saying that more footballers should be like him. Centre-back Pique has not been far from the headlines in recent weeks, with the 30-year-old coming out in support of the disputed vote without aligning himself with either side in the debate. Despite refusing to publicly back the yes or no campaigns, some Spanish football fans jeered Pique during an open training session while away on international duty, with sections of their support questioning his commitment to Spain. Filipe Luis, who will face Pique on Saturday, has come out in support of the former Manchester United youngster’s attitude. Speaking to El Mundo, Filipe Luis said: “I am a fan of Pique, although I often disagree with what he says. “But he dares, like [Alvaro] Arbeloa. They are people who are not afraid to say what they think, who do not hide behind their fame.
“They are admirable and hopefully more footballers will be like them.” UCJ, UNILORIN.