Claude Puel says referee Lee Probert was right to show Demarai Gray a yellow card for his shirt-off goal celebration in tribute to Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
Gray struck a 55th-minute winner on an emotional afternoon in Cardiff and marked it by removing his top and revealing an undershirt with the words ‘For Khun Vichai’ on it.
Thai businessman Srivaddhanaprabha and four others were killed in a helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium last weekend.
Gray’s booking under disciplinary protocol provoked a fierce debate on social media, with many fans believing Probert should have ignored the letter of the law and not brandished a yellow card given the highly-charged circumstances.
Leicester fan and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, on his Twitter account, called it a “silly law, always has been but not the day to get worked up about something so insignificant.”
While Soccer Saturday pundit Phil Thompson said Probert should be “ashamed” of booking Gray.
But Leicester manager Puel said: “We played like professionals and it was important for the referee to be professional too.
“He knows the rules and it was important for Demi to take this yellow card.
“It was the one time I accepted a yellow card from my player. It was very emotional.”
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