LEICESTER City manager Brendan Rodgers believes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was unlucky to be sent off in the Foxes 2-2 draw with Napoli in Thursday’s Europa League game at the King Power stadium, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Ndidi was sent off in the final minutes of the game by referee Tiago Martins, after collecting his second yellow card.
This means the Nigeria international will miss the Foxes’ match-day two game against Legia Warsaw on September 30.
Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes had given Leicester a 2-0 lead but Rodgers’ side were stunned after Victor Osimhen scored twice in the second half to earn Napoli a point at King Power Stadium.
Osimhen’s exquisite touch past Kasper Schmeichel reduced the deficit, before he completed the comeback with a looping header three minutes from time.
“I didn’t think the referee was very good,” Rodgers told LCFC TV.
“He (Ndidi) was unfortunate and has done really well to get through the game to get to that point after the early yellow.
“He’s just trying to stop the attacker. It was a little bit harsh, I didn’t think the first one was a yellow. I didn’t think the referee was great.”
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Rodgers also reserved praises for Napoli’s two-goal hero Osimhen after the game.
“It was an exciting game,” he continued.
“We’re obviously disappointed we didn’t win the game. We were in a great position, but we were playing against a really experienced team and we just couldn’t see it through. We’ll learn from that and then obviously, their big striker (Victor Osimhen), who’s £70-odd-million, so you can see his quality, and he gets his two goals.”
Napoli and Leicester meet again in Naples on December 9.
After Legia Warsaw’s 1-0 win over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, Leicester sit third in Group C with one point at the end of match-day one while Napoli are second.