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Pique unrepentant over provocative Espanyol comments

Gerard Pique says he does not regret his comments mocking Barcelona's rivals Espanyol after eliminating them from the King's Cup last week, stoking up the rivalry ahead of another visit to Cornella on Sunday in La Liga.

Barcelona beat Espanyol 2-0 at the Nou Camp last Thursday to qualify for the semi-finals (2-1 on aggregate) and Pique repeatedly referred to the visitors as "Espanyol de Cornella" when speaking to the media afterwards.

The defender was referring to the location of the club's RCDE Stadium, which is on the outskirts of Cornella, where Espanyol moved in 2009 after playing at the Olympic Stadium in the city of Barcelona.

Espanyol made a formal complaint about Pique's comments and the Spanish football federation's anti-violence committee are investigating the matter.

Pique has never been shy of speaking his mind and previously it may have cost him the chance to be one of Barcelona's four club captains.

With Javier Mascherano's departure to Hebei Fortune, Pique is expected to be chosen as a replacement for the Argentine.

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