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Pique fury at Mourinho

Barca defender accuses Madrid coach of 'destroying football'

Last Updated: 18/08/11 9:31am

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Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has accused Jose Mourinho of "destroying Spanish football" after an ill-tempered Supercopa final.

The former Manchester United star reacted as Barca took the silverware following a 3-2 win over their great rivals.

A Lionel Messi brace secured a late 3-2 victory but there was still time for another Real red card as a brutal challenge from Marcelo on debutant Cesc Fabregas saw him dismissed in the closing moments.

A huge melee unfolded involving players, substitutes and staff from both sides, with Mesut Ozil and David Villa both shown red despite having already been substituted.

Mourinho, meanwhile, may come under scrutiny for his role in the fracas as he was pictured heading towards Barca coach Tito Vilanova and appearing to pinch his face.

Vilanova responded by pushing Mourinho, who walked away grinning.

After the game Pique fumed at the Portuguese's actions and said "I do not talk about the brawl. But it's a shame, it is not the first time and it's always the same.

"Someone has to take action on the matter. (Jose) Mourinho is destroying Spanish football. There is talk about the Catalans, but the problem is with Madrid."
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"Someone has to take action on the matter. Mourinho is destroying Spanish football. There is talk about the Catalans, but the problem is with Madrid.

"I think it's going too far. It cannot always end well. In the end this will end very badly."

Mourinho's opposite number Pep Guardiola did not wade into the issue but had a word of caution for those involved in the tense atmosphere on the pitch.

"The images speak for themselves," he said. "We must be careful, because one day we will cause harm, not on the field but off, and we're all a little responsible for this. "

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