Samir Nasri hits out at Jamie Vardy and calls him a cheat
Samir Nasri certainly had a day to forget after Sevilla surprisingly crashed out of the UEFA Champions League. Sevilla. one of Spain's oldest football clubs, were handed a 2-0 defeat by Leicester City on Tuesday. Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton scored the two goals of the match, but the two players at the centre of the limelight were Jamie Vardy and Samir Nasri. The French player Nasri was shown a yellow card for a foul in the 18th minute of the match. Their quarrel in the 74th minute saw Samir Nasri shown a second yellow card and definitely hindered Sevilla's chances of pulling a comeback. Jamie Vardy seemed to have provoked Nasri, and then went on to fall rather easily when confronted by Nasri. Nasri has now called out Vardy for his actions, and labelled him a cheat. As quoted by The Independent, Nasri said:
“For me he’s a cheat because if he was a foreign player, you the English press would be saying he’s a cheat. For me he is a cheat. They were winning 2-0. Play the game like a man. You are not better than us but you are winning 2-0 and will qualify, just play the game. For an international player you don’t need to do that. He played it well. It was face-to-face and he fell on the floor. I thought the English players were tougher than that and wouldn’t go on the floor like that. He is the one who came to my face and fell on the floor. He played it well.”
Sevilla, including Nasri, were having a poor game. Nasri had managed 0 tackles, 0 aerials won, and only 1 dribble during his 74 minutes on the pitch. Nasri maintained his innocence and denied any wrongdoing.
“I didn’t touch him, I didn’t do anything with my head. He came to my face and then went on the floor and the referee gave both us a yellow card.”
Leicester City have seen a rise in form since Claudio Ranieri has been sacked. Craig Shakespeare, the interim manager, has pulled the club out of the relegation zone and taken the club to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Infact, they are the only English team remaining in the competition after Manchester City's defeat at the hands of Monaco.