‘It was his stomach… he could not digest the penalty decision’: Leicester boss Claude Puel reveals Jamie Vardy had to sprint down the tunnel due to stomach issues as he rues referee’s failure to award spot-kick
- Arsenal came from behind to beat Leicester at the Emirates on Monday evening
- Leicester were denied a penalty in the first half when Rob Holding handled
- Jamie Vardy was forced to rush down the tunnel with stomach issues
Leicester manager Claude Puel felt his side should have been awarded a penalty and Arsenal be reduced to 10 men during their Emirates defeat.
Rob Holding, already on a booking, handled the ball inside the area at 0-0, but referee Chris Kavanagh waved away the protests from those in blue shirts.
The Foxes did take the lead but eventually succumbed to an irresistible second-half display from the hosts, but the Leicester boss believes it could have been a different story had the referee spotted the early infringement.
Arsenal’s Rob Holding appeared to handle the ball inside his own area during the first half
‘I didn’t understand why the referee didn’t give a penalty,’ said Puel. ‘It was a penalty and a second yellow card and sending off. This situation can change the game.’
Puel was forced to take off Jamie Vardy late in the game, with the former England striker seen sprinting straight down the tunnel towards the changing room, prompting Sky Sports co-commentator Alan Smith and social media to allude to the player desperately needing a bathroom break.
And Puel confirmed after the game: ‘Jamie was ill and he could not come back into the top game. He felt this in the second half. It was his stomach… he could not digest the penalty decision.’
Jamie Vardy hurried straight down the tunnel when he was substituted in the second half
The defeat was Leicester’s second on the bounce, but Puel insisted his side didn’t deserve to lose.
‘At the beginning of the second half we lost a lot of balls, we gave them the ball too easily and put ourselves under pressure,’ he said. ‘But we had chances to be leading by more.
‘We didn’t come back in the second half with the same quality and intensity. But we don’t deserve this result at the end. It was a shame.’
Claude Puel believed his side deserved something out of the game after a strong first half
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