Barca’s Pique could face ban for referee criticism

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s one-game ban for being sent

off against Sporting Gijon in the Spanish league could be extended

after accusing the referee of targeting him.

The Spain international was dismissed in the 3-1 win on

Saturday, and later claimed referee Carlos Velasco Carballo’s

decision was premeditated because he had had criticized the

official at halftime.

Victoriano Sanchez Arminio, who heads Spain’s referees

committee, calls Pique’s words ”unfortunate and serious” and says

his organization will present a case to the Spanish football

federation’s disciplinary committee.

Pique will miss Sunday’s game at Racing Santander.

Three-time defending champion Barcelona trails Spanish leader

Real Madrid by 10 points.