Ranieri ‘very angry’ with himself and referee

Date published: Monday 15th February 2016 9:28

The usually calm Claudio Ranieri was trying not to feel “very angry” after watching his side throw away a half-time lead to lose 2-1 to Arsenal.

Leicester are now just two points clear of the Gunners after Danny Simpson’s red card – given for two fouls in quick succession  – gave the home side the advantage.

Our Daniel Storey wrote in his 16 Conclusions that Simpson was guilty of stupidity but was baffled by Ranieri’s decision to withdraw Riyad Mahrez to bring on another defender.

The Italian may well agree on the second point as he told reporters: “If I think about the match I am very angry because I think maybe I make mistakes, but an international referee gave two yellow cards for normal fouls.

“The match was full of fouls, and very difficult fouls. In the first half there was a bad tackle from Aaron Ramsey, it was a yellow card, but it is not the same yellow card when Simpson stopped the other player.

“The referee is OK, but a little severe with us, a little.”

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