Fuming Pique to quit Spain squad after sleeve uproar
Spain defender Gerard Pique has revealed that he will retire from international football following the 2018 World Cup after growing “tired” of criticism. Criticism of the defender’s jersey alteration in the 2-0 win over Albania has prompted him to confirm his international retirement after the Russia tournament.
Pique also came under fire from the press during Sunday’s 2-0 win over Albania, with some claiming he had cut the regulation short-sleeved jersey in order to remove the trim on the shirts that bears the design of the Spanish flag.
“Contrary to what was indicated by some malicious comments – that the player cut his sleeves to avoid wearing a top with the national colours – the RFEF wishes to clarify that this trimming only exists in the Adidas short-sleeve shirt, and not in the long sleeves, which is what Pique wore in the match,” a statement said.