Monday 20 November 2017

'It's a form of cheating' - Roy Keane rips into Leicester hero after Champions League win

Samir Nasri and Jamie Vardy butt heads. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Samir Nasri and Jamie Vardy butt heads. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
Sevilla's Samir Nasri is spoken to by Islam Slimani as he attempts to confront Leicester City's Jamie Vardy after Nasri is sent off. Photo: Darren Staples/Reuters
Roy Keane
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane accused Leicester striker Jamie Vardy of cheating after his extravagant reaction to a clash with Sevilla's Samir Nasri led to a red card for the French midfielder in Tuesday night's Champions League tie at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester made it through to the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time in their history and are now the last Premier League club in the draw after Manchester City's exit at Monaco on Wednesday.

While the plaudits have been flowing for Leicester once more, Keane was quick to criticise Vardy for his role in the red card that could have been decisive in a high octane second leg.

Both players were both booked for a second half clash that saw former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Nasri sent off after Vardy rocked back theatrically after the pair touched heads.

While Keane agreed that Nasri was worthy of the red card that came his way, his suggestion that Vardy indulged in unpleasant gamesmanship to produce the red card was delivered with typical bluntness.

"Vardy's reaction...you wouldn't be happy with that," Keane told ITV Sport.

"It's not cute. I think it's a form of cheating. Of course the referee was right to send Nasri off as he was on a booking, but with Vardy you would expect better.

"We see it all the time, but it doesn't mean it is right."

Keane - who was highly critical of the attitude of the Leicester players last month - went on to suggest they should fancy their chances of making it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League after rediscovering their form in dramatic fashion following the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri last month.

"Of course they have a chance," he added. "Look what they achieved last year.

"The players have to be careful saying they are just enjoying it, we don't care who we get. They have to believe they can get through to the semi-finals.

"They are back to their best. The've had a lot of criticism over the last few months, but we need to give them a lot of credit now. They seem to have their mojo back the last two or three weeks.

"The spine of their team, the two centre-backs, the goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Drinkwater in midfield, Vardy up front. The spine of their team looks good again."

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