TVC E. Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says his criticism of officiating in La Liga was backed up by events in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Villarreal.

The champions drew 1 – 1 at the Estadio de la Ceramica with the Catalans having two clear penalties denied by the referee.

After the final whistle, Pique was seen looking up in the direction of the presidential box where La Liga president Javier Tebas was sitting and shouting “Did you see it? You, yes, you!” before walking down the tunnel.

However, when asked to explain the incident, Pique simply said: “The person to whom I said those words and made that gesture knows it was for them.

“I still believe in what I say and every week makes me more in the right. You could clearly see it, I think it’s very clear what happened on the pitch.

“You have to be careful because they analyse everything. But let them analyse it [my comments] and waste time on that. That’s their right.”

Pique was furious with the officiating during Barca’s 2- 1 Copa del Rey defeat to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.

Sunday’s referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva’s failed to spot two handballs from Villarreal captain Bruno Soriano inside the penalty area, one of which looked to be deliberate with Lionel Messi poised to score.

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