Espanyol lodge complaint against Barcelona's Gerard Pique after derby dispute

Espanyol lodge complaint against Barcelona's Gerard Pique after derby dispute”

They also denounced Barcelona's supporters for alleged offensive chanting in Thursday's second leg.

Espanyol explained that they felt Busquets statements were "completely contrary to the values of respect in football and could lead to violence and intolerance, unaccountably passing judgement after their qualification for the semi-finals on the fact our team had celebrated a victory". Barcelona beat Espanyol 2-0 on Thursday night to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.

Not content with dumping local rivals Espanyol out of the King's Cup in the quarter-finals, Barcelona captain Gerard Pique added insult to injury by mocking their city credentials.

Pique's comment is a jibe at Espanyol's location and identity, calling them Espanyol "of Cornella" rather than Espanyol de Barcelona, which is their actual name.

"It isn't that we suffered so much in this game, but Espanyol de Cornella always make it hard for us", he told Marca post-game.

Espanyol's statement reads: "We consider that any demonstration in a clearly derogatory tone towards these cities, such as those uttered by Mr Pique towards the city of Cornella, flirt very dangerously with xenophobic attitudes".

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Pique chose to prolong the inter-Catalan argument by referring to Barcelona's opponents as "Espanyol de Cornella" as opposed to their full time of Espanyol de Barcelona - inferring Espanyol are no longer truly a team of Barcelona since moving to the Catalan municipality of Cornella de Llobregat.

"In Cornella it was a more insane game".

"It is inconceivable that an athlete declares that a rival cannot celebrate a victory, achieved with effort and in good fight, like the that got our team in the first leg of the aforementioned tie".

Espanyol are known colloquially as the "Periquitos" or "Pericos" - literally "parakeets" or "budgies" in English - a nickname believed to have been coined by Catalan graphic humorist Valentí Casanys in the first half of the 20th century.

Barcelona have been contacted by Omnisport for their reaction to the allegations.

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