Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's gesture at Espanyol to be probed

The competition committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has opened an investigation against Barcelona defender Gerard Pique regarding his goal celebration at Espanyol that was deemed offensive by the home supporters.

Pique celebrated by raising his finger to his lips to hush the home supporters at the RCDE Stadium after scoring the equaliser in his team's 1-1 league draw at Espanyol on Feb. 4.

The Spain international's gesture was considered "provocative" by La Liga president Javier Tebas, who admitted that no action could be taken as it was not mentioned in the referee's game report.

The RFEF confirmed to ESPN FC on Thursday that the competition committee has opened a "classified investigation process" on Pique for his goal celebration against Espanyol and will listen to all parties before deciding whether to open disciplinary proceedings.

After the game, Pique said that telling the Espanyol fans to be quiet was the least he could do given insults they had aimed at his family. That was reflected in La Liga's weekly report sent to the RFEF.

Tebas said after Pique's gesture that it would notify the RFEF's competition committee of all "provocative goal celebrations and clear simulations" even when not mentioned in the referee's report.