It is a pity Lee Probert had to book Demarai Gray… the referee should be allowed to use his own discretion in exceptional circumstances
- Demerai Gray was controversially booked against Cardiff City on Saturday
- Leicester’s players paid tribute to their late owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha
- The winger took his shirt off having opened the scoring to pay his own tribute
- Referee Lee Probert was heavily criticised but he followed the laws of the game
By the letter of the law, Lee Probert was right to caution Demarai Gray for removing his shirt.
The laws of the game are clear in that if a player takes off his shirt or lifts it over his head when celebrating a goal, he should be automatically shown a yellow card.
Probert will have been in dialogue with the PGMOL — the body responsible for match officials — during the last week and agreed on a procedure on how best to handle the sensitive nature of this match.
Demarai Gray was booked for taking his shirt off in the 1-0 win over Cardiff on Saturday
He will have also raised this issue when he addressed the captains and managers an hour before kick-off.
Leicester manager Claude Puel accepted Probert’s decision, saying after the game that he expected the referee to be as professional as his players.
It was a difficult situation for any referee to find themselves in. You are open to criticism whichever decision you take.
While Probert was correct to apply the law, I feel that in exceptional circumstances such as this referees should be able to manage situations and use some common sense.
Gray scored and showed off his tribute to owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha who died recently
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