Fans SLAM ref for booking Gray's tribute to tragic Leicester helicopter crash boss

FANS have slammed referee Lee Probert’s decision to book Demari Gray’s emotional tribute to tragic Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha after he scored the game’s winning goal.


Posted Sunday, November 04, 2018 by Dailystar.co.uk

Demari Gray scored in the second half and took his shirt off in celebration to reveal a ‘For Khun Vichai’ message underneath.

Billionaire Srivaddhanaprabha, his two aides and two pilots all died instantly after the boss’s helicopter crashed seconds after take-off following the 1-1 draw with West Ham United last weekend.

Before the match against Cardiff City started, Leicester players were filmed barely holding back tears as they observed a minute's silence a week after losing the club’s owner.

Fans have slammed the referee’s decision to book the winger for his tribute, despite him following the rules on giving yellow cards for taking shirts off.

One Leicester supporter tweeted: "Demarai Gray scores for Leicester, pulls off his shirt to reveal a message with ‘For Khun Vichai’ and then gets booked?

"Have some heart ref.”

Another said: "Referee has just booked Demari Gray for taking his shirt off. Absolutely embarrassing. Incredibly insensitive."

The ref was called out for not being sensitive to the club’s situation: "I know he’s got to uphold the laws of the game but he’s not taken anything into context there.

Fans SLAM ref for booking Gray's tribute to tragic Leicester helicopter crash boss
TRIBUTE: Demari Gray scored in the second half and took his shirt off in celebration

Fans SLAM ref for booking Gray's tribute to tragic Leicester helicopter crash boss
EMOTIONAL: Fans from both sides paid tribute to the Leicester boss

"It’s poor officiating – the rule about taking off shirts is ridiculous anyway."

Others have sided with the ref, defending his “awkward position”.

"He had no choice. Rules are rules,” one said.

Fans SLAM ref for booking Gray's tribute to tragic Leicester helicopter crash boss
TRAGIC: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was killed in a helicopter crash last weekend

Fans SLAM ref for booking Gray's tribute to tragic Leicester helicopter crash boss
DEVASTATING: Tributes left for the Leicester boss outside the club's stadium

Fans SLAM ref for booking Gray's tribute to tragic Leicester helicopter crash boss
'FOR KHUN VICHAI': James Maddison applauds the fans at the final whistle

Another said: "I feel so bad for the ref, gonna be abused for weeks all because he followed the rules, even though the situation calls for it, rules are rules – even though I don’t agree with them.”

Players were given the option not to play today's Premier League match with Cardiff – which they won 1-0 via Gray’s strike.

But they unanimously decided to play the game at the Cardiff City stadium – and vowed to win it for Mr Srivaddhanaprabha.

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