Gerard Pique bemoans tardy critics of Jose Mourinho

The Real Madrid coach initially was suspended for two matches over the eye-poke. Vilanova, who was then assistant coach of Barcelona, was suspended at the same time for one match after he retaliated with a slap. Both sanctions were later lifted.

updated: January 15, 2013 01:01 IST
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Madrid: Barcelona defender Gerard Pique on Monday lashed out at critics of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho who let him "get away with anything" when he was leading the team to victories.

In August 2011, for example, Mourinho jabbed his finger into the eye of Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in full view of the cameras during a row in the final moments of Real Madrid's Super Cup loss to Barcelona, Pique recalled.

"I think it's funny because I remember when Madrid were winning they let Mou get away with anything. He came here and poked his finger in Tito's eye. He was sanctioned with how many matches? None," the defender told a news conference.

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