Euro 2016 qualification: Want Spain whistling to stop: Gerard Pique

Gerard Pique is once again booed and jeered by Spanish fans as La Roja seal Euro 2016 berth with 4-0 win over Luxembourg

Madrid: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has stressed his commitment to Spain after he was again jeered by the home fans as La Roja sealed their place at Euro 2016 with a 4-0 win over Luxembourg.

Spain's Gerard Pique gestures during their Euro 2016 qualification tie against Luxembourg. Pic/AFP
Spain's Gerard Pique gestures during their Euro 2016 qualification tie against Luxembourg. Pic/AFP

Pique has been targeted by sections of the Spanish support since he mocked Real Madrid during Barcelona's treble-winning celebrations at the end of last season.

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla and Valencia striker Paco Alcacer scored a brace each. The result saw Spain win the group outright after rivals Slovakia, who had been breathing down their necks, went down 1-0 at home to Belarus and drop to third.

Vicente del Bosque's men are five points clear of Slovakia and Ukraine, who won 2-0 at Macedonia. Despite Spain coach Vicente del Bosque and his teammates' pleas for the unjust treatment to stop, the former Manchester United man was roundly whistled at the start of the match before some began to applaud him as the match developed.

"The tendency is changing. The whistles are heard more loudly than the applause but it is getting better," he said. "In no moment will they find that I have said something negative about this national team or this country."

Not a Catalan issue
However, he has previously stated he doesn't believe the Catalan issue is a reason for his treatment by the Spanish support as a host of other Catalan players in the squad have not been treated the same way.

"This is my home and my family. I have been coming here since the first day I was called-up and I have always been received warmly and treated well. They can't doubt me. The national team is part of me. I hope that this passes and they speak about football."

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