Barca to appeal Pique red card

Barcelona have appealed the second yellow card that resulted in the sending off of defender Gerard Pique in the second half of the Primera Liga leaders' 2-1 win over Villarreal on Sunday. Pique was penalised after jumping to challenge for the ball with Villarreal striker Guillermo Franco and television replays suggested the decision was harsh. Unless the appeal is successful, he will miss Barca's home league match against Real Mallorca on January 3, the Catalan club said on their website