Spain's Gerard Pique runs for the ball during their World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match at Loro Borici Stadium, in Shkoder, northern Albania, on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
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Spain defender Gerard Pique has received support from coach Julen Lopetegui and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after declaring his intention to quit international football following the 2018 World Cup.Pique, who has been booed by Spain supporters in the last year, caused a stir on social media by appearing against Albania with the sleeves cut off his Spain shirt, thus appearing to remove the bands displaying the red and yellow colors of Spain.The RFEF released a statement Monday with a photo highlighting that the long-sleeved shirt Pique had modified did not have the red and yellow stripes on its original design.Spain coach Lopetegui meanwhile said he sympathized with the defender.
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