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Barcelona may seek to limit Gerard Pique social media use - reports

The Periscope live video chats from Barcelona central defender Gerard Pique have reportedly prompted the club to seek social media guidelines from La Liga, according to media reports in Spain. 

Spain's Diario Sport cite unnamed sources within the club saying there is concern that Pique's social media sharing of team pictures during club travel go against the club's desire to maintain privacy at certain times. For example, the source told Sport that journalists are not allowed to travel with the team and fan access is restricted. 

Pique put up a live video chat on Sunday as the team travelled home from their 4-0 win over Eibar.

The source said the club is "analysing the situation" because the subject "demands reflection."

According to a report in, Pique's teammates also complained about the live video chat on the plane. Javier Mascherano requested that he not be videotaped while in conversation with his wife, Lionel Messi did not want to answer a question and club official Pepe Costa asked Pique to stop, the report said. 

Pique had earlier said he was using social media to combat what he called the manipulation by the media in Madrid, whom he accused of editing comments he made postmatch in the mixed zones.

The 28-year-old Spain international has already faced scrutiny from the league's anti-violence committee for controversial tweets he sent making fun of Real Madrid.


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