sport news Ernesto Valverde defends Gerard Pique after red card

Barcelona beat Olympiacos 3-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday Gerard Pique was sent off in the first half after receiving two yellow cards The second of those came when he tried to score with his hand from a cross  Ernesto Valverde believes that the blatant handball was instinctive

By Press Association Reporter

Published: 00:27 BST, 19 October 2017 | Updated: 00:27 BST, 19 October 2017

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Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde felt Gerard Pique's handball in the Champions League victory against Olympiacos was instinctive, rather than an attempt to deceive the officials.

Valverde's team played most of the match with 10 men after Pique was sent off two minutes before half time in Wednesday night's 3-1 win at the Nou Camp.

The defender was booked early on for a cynical pull back on Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and he received a second yellow card when Scottish referee Willie Collum decided he tried to deliberately score with his hand from a Gerard Deulofeu cross.

Gerard Pique (left) walks off the pitch as manager Ernesto Valverde shouts instructions

Gerard Pique (left) walks off the pitch as manager Ernesto Valverde shouts instructions

The Barcelona defender (centre) is shown a red card after using his hand to score a goal

The Barcelona defender (centre) is shown a red card after using his hand to score a goal

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