Gerard Pique reveals he dodged a drink driving charge when at Man United by sucking on a COIN

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Gerard Pique reveals he dodged a drink driving charge when at Man United by sucking on a COIN… but Sir Alex Ferguson still spooked him with ominous ‘you should know that I know’ comment during training!

  • Spanish defender told the story during an appearance on a YouTube show
  • Pique, then 20, was in the final year of his time with Manchester United
  • He ran a red light in the city centre, was pulled over and failed a breathalyzer 
  • After being arrested, he sucked on some coins in an effort to trick the test
  • Somehow he was let off but Sir Alex Ferguson somehow found out about it 

Gerard Pique has revealed he escaped a drink driving charge when at Manchester United by sucking on a coin – but still got into trouble with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Spanish defender was a United player from 2004 until 2008 with this particular incident happening the year before he returned to Barcelona.

He was 20 years of age when he drove through a red light in Manchester, was pulled over by the police, failed a breathalyzer test and was arrested.

Gerard Pique has recalled a story about how he tricked a police breathalyzer test by sucking on some coins during his time playing for Manchester United

Gerard Pique has recalled a story about how he tricked a police breathalyzer test by sucking on some coins during his time playing for Manchester United

The Spanish defender was only 20 when the incident happened and though he escaped a police charge, manager Sir Alex Ferguson found out

The Spanish defender was only 20 when the incident happened and though he escaped a police charge, manager Sir Alex Ferguson found out

Pique relayed the extraordinary story to The Wild Project YouTube channel: ‘I ran a traffic light and was stopped by the police.

‘It was the year before I went to Barca. Suddenly I blow, I test positive and I find myself in a police van handcuffed going to jail.

‘All the drunkenness left me suddenly. My career is going to hell. At that moment you think, ‘What the hell is going on?’

‘They give you the bag to put everything you have [in], and they took me to a room. The policeman left for a moment, and I was desperate.

‘I had some coins left. Some time ago I had been told that if you sucked on the coins you would not test positive. I started to suck them.

Pique told the story on a YouTube show in Spain, calling it a 'miraculous' escape

Pique told the story on a YouTube show in Spain, calling it a ‘miraculous’ escape 

‘Miraculously I was saved from that one. I doubt it was the coins. Instead of going home, I went to the casino by taxi.’

Even though Pique avoided a charge, he couldn’t escape Ferguson and his network of spies.

He added: ‘I found out later that Ferguson knew, in Manchester everyone knows who you are and someone from the police must have told him.

‘One day he said to me, ‘You should know that I know’. I said nothing and that was it.

Pique spent four years with United between 2004 and 2008 before returning to Barcelona

Pique spent four years with United between 2004 and 2008 before returning to Barcelona

‘I imagine that he found out some time after. If he had found out the next day I might have been in more trouble.’

At the end of the 2007-08 season, after he’d made 23 appearances for United, Pique re-signed for his boyhood club Barcelona for £5million.

He has since played over 600 games for the club, winning eight LaLiga titles, seven Spanish Cups and three Champions League titles.

Pique has also made 102 appearances for Spain, winning the World Cup and the European Championship.

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