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Spain coach Julen Lopetegui praised Gerard Pique's commitment to the national team and called on the squad to focus only on football amid crisis involving Catalonia's push for independence.Pique, an outspoken Barcelona defender of Catalans, was harassed by fans Monday when he reported to the national team's training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.Pique was in tears Sunday as he criticized the Spanish police after violent clashes erupted during the independence referendum that the Spanish government said was unconstitutional.Pique continued to criticize authorities on social media Monday, including just before reporting to the national team.The national team's practice Tuesday was closed to the fans.Barcelona and the other Catalan clubs in the Spanish league – Girona and Espanyol – joined a strike Tuesday to protest the Spanish government's actions.
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