The Spanish international headed home Lionel Messi’s freekick in the 82nd minute to preserve the league leaders’ 22-game unbeaten run - a club record - ensuring the Catalan derby was drawn at the waterlogged RCDE Stadium in Cornella. However, it was Pique's 'shushing' gesture towards home supporters where he placed his finger to his lips which the RFEF were investigating to decide if any action against the defender was required.
Reported by Football Espana, La Liga president Javier Tebas had hinted earlier this week that a ban was possible due to the celebration’s provocative nature, but that a decision was not solely down to him to sanction.
The league had said in a statement: “Goal celebrations which cause offence, and which are not reflected in the referee's report but can generate tension are totally rejected by the league and, from now on, will be forwarded to the RFEF's competition committee for the appropriate action to be taken.”
It is understood that Espanyol had not reported the incident, but had complained about the defender calling them Espanyol from Cornella (the area in which their stadium is located) rather than Espanyol from Barcelona – which is their official title.
Regardless, Pique will be relieved that he has escaped a ban and can now concentrate on his football as Blaugrana