Barcelona to meet Gerard Pique over statements

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu will meet Gerard Pique this week following the player’s criticism of the club’s board.

The central defender had appeared to criticise a recent Xavier Bosch’s article in El Mundo Deportivo, which claimed the players had too much influence at the Camp Nou.

Pique had alleged that the club’s hierarchy were liaising with such journalists and some were pitting themselves against the first-team squad, with El Mundo Deportivo now outlining attempts to quell the situation.