Gerard Pique claims that the Spanish media are at fault for a frosty reception he received from fans in a friendly match against Colombia.
A late goal from Alvaro Morata saw the scores deadlocked 2-2 at the final whistle, after Edwin Cardona and Radamel Falcao put Colombia ahead following David Silva’s initial opener.
The Barcelona centre-back featured for the first hour of the contest, but was showered with jeers from the Spain supporters upon his second half substitution.
Although Pique has long been a figure of controversy among the teams ranks due to his stance on Catalan independence, he believes that it is the media who have thrown him unnecessarily back into the spotlight.
“For a year you’ve been asking me about this. You make this important,” Pique said to reporters after the match.
“People don’t whistle me anymore since the Euros and you, with your people and polls, make them whistle again.
“People no longer whistle and they are doing it again.
“Do you think it’s because Catalonia independence? Do you think they boo me because political issues? Have I ever spoken about this?
“This is a thing that I have already answered about 20 times. Look to the newspaper.”
Spain will face Macedonia next in a World Cup qualifier on Monday morning AEST.