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Cesc Fabregas’ savage reaction to childhood pal Pique seeing red in last game

Cesc Fabregas posted a savage reaction to Gerard Pique's sending off in his last ever game for Barcelona on Tuesday.

Pique, 35, was shockingly sent off at half-time during Barca's 2-1 win over Osasuna despite not being on the field. In in his last ever appearance in the squad, the defender chose to take to the pitch at the break to let off some steam – and the referee was the target.

He argued with the official, wagged a finger in his face and followed him towards the tunnel before finally being given his marching orders.

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And childhood pal Fabregas offered the perfect reaction on Twitter, seeing the funny side of his former teammate's dramatic goodbye to the game with four laughing face emojis.

Fabregas and Pique go way back, having both grown up in Catalonia and started off at La Masia aged 10. The two Spaniards then left for Arsenal (2003) and Manchester United (2004) respectively in search of playing opportunities.

At international level, the pair won the World Cup in 2010 before Fabregas re-joined his boyhood side for a reunion at club level. And the midfielder, who still plays for Como in Italy, offered the retiring Pique some heart-warming words after the latter announced his retirement last week.

Fabregas wrote on Twitter: "Dear @3gerardpique, We have 1 million photos together, but this first one is the one that I feel the most and I would like to repeat at this moment, give you a hug to say thank you, thank you for accompanying me on this very special journey.

"Our story began 26 years ago now at the Barça school, a practice match in which you already wore your legendary number 3 and where you stood out above everyone else. The rest is history. A story full of joys and some disappointment, but above all a love and respect that cannot be explained in words. What we have experienced in these 26 years is an inexplicable luck and privilege.

"I won't be able to be at Camp Nou for your last game, but don't doubt for a moment that my heart will be there and that my eyes won't take their eyes off the TV. As a football player with little to say, a guy with a competitive level that I have seen little in my life, your career speaks for itself.

"Thank you for always treating me in a special way and growing up with me. Now remember one thing, the best is yet to come and as you say at the end of your video, we are waiting for you to return one day to your beloved Barça. I love you friend."

While Pique was involved in the squad against Osasuna, he received his actual on-pitch send off at the Camp Nou against Almeria on the weekend. He walked out onto the pitch with his two sons at his side while teammates wore shirts with his name and number three on the back.

A huge banner was also erected on the pitch that said 'Sempr3' (For3ver) and a video celebrating Pique's career was played on the big screen to the fans as well.

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