Samir Nasri’s red card helped Leicester city qualify for the quarter finals of the Champions League but that suspension was the result of a personal remark from Jamie Vardy.
Craig Shakespeare has managed to let the fairytale that is Leicester City, play along for atleast another few weeks as the Foxes managed to hold on to a 2-0 victory over Spanish giants Sevilla in the second leg of the Round of 16 tie in the Champions League.
Marc Albrighton’s second goal on the night all but ended Sevilla’s hopes but the red card to Samir Nasri was the last nail in the coffin.
The Manchester City man was involved in an altercation with English international striker Jamie Vardy which saw him get sent off.
The Sevilla man, on loan from the English club, was captured head butting Vardy on his head, although ever so slightly but this was seen by the referee who did not waste time in sending him off.
Vardy was also shown a yellow card but Nasri’s effort to butt Vardy might see him attract further punishment from the UEFA.
The tempers were flying high all night and players from both clubs were involved in more than one tussle of words but Vardy and Nasri were involved in the biggest incident on the night.
In the 74th minute of the game, Vardy, who tracked the run of the Sevilla man, gave him a small nudge on the back.
This infuriated Nasri, who went face to face with the Leicester City man, all while the ball was still in play.
Nasri was not taking any of the abuse and went on to hit Vardy on the head and though it was not Zidane-esque, it was enough to get him sent off.
Here is the video of the incident:
Samir Nasri gets red card for absolutely leveling Jamie Vardy pic.twitter.com/uH3FQ4rmhu
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It was a shocking reaction from the Manchester City man who left Sevilla chasing the game with 10 men, as they finally got knocked out of a European competition without lifting a trophy for the first time in 4 years.
However, after the whole hype behind the incident has cooled down, reports from within the Spanish club claim that Vardy directed personal abuse towards the player, which got out such a reaction from the midfielder.
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The report suggests that Vardy was constantly abusing Nasri’s family throughout the game and that Nasri was left helpless.
Whatever the reason, Nasri was suspended and Leicester knocked Sevilla out but do you think this is why he Nasr did what he did?