Claude Puel Defends Lee Probert's Decision To Book Demarai Gray After Passionate Celebration

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has defended Lee Probert's decision to brandish a yellow card towards Demarai Gray after his passionate celebration for the winning goal against Cardiff.

The former Birmingham City man, who fought back tears during the beautifully observed one minute silence before the game, popped up in the 55th minute and the Foxes players rushed over to the fans to celebrate after such an emotional week.

But before that, Gray immediately took off his shirt and unveiled an undershirt with a message that read: "For Khun Vichai" in honour of the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha following his tragic passing.

Probert, the man in the middle for the game, showed him a yellow card for "excessive celebration" and received a whole lot of criticism on social media for doing so given the circumstances.

However, Puel has come to his defence and says he did the right thing.

"He knows the rules and it was important for Demi to take this yellow card," the Frenchman said after the game.

"It was the one time I accepted a yellow card from my player. It was very emotional."

Footage from ESPN might prompt people to look at the situation in a slightly different light.

When Gray took off his shirt, Probert can be seen in the background and has the look of a man who knows he has to do his job even though he doesn't want to caution him.

Images: Premier League
Images: Premier League

If anything, we should pin the blame on the rules and not the man who is merely required to enforce them.

Josh Lawless

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