Gerard Pique in hot water over alleged anthem snub

The Barcelona defender has started all three of Spain's games at Euro 2016

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Gerard Pique is a proud Catalan. 

The Barcelona defender has participated in Catalan Independence marches in recent years. He makes to effort to hide his allegiances to the Senyera.

Ahead of Spain's game with Croatia, Pique appears to stick his middle finger up to the camera during the playing of the Spanish national anthem.

After the loss, Pique claimed he was only "crunching fingers during the anthem", but his excuse has not pleased everyone. 

Spain will face Italy in the Second Round this weekend in the Stade de France on Monday evening. A fitting venue for what will undoubtedly be the tie of the round.

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