Former Arsenal and Manchester City player, Samir Nasri has labelled Leicester City forward, Jamie Vardy a ‘cheat’.
Nasri is on loan at Sevilla from Manchester City and was redcarded in Sevilla’s 2-0 loss to Leicester City on Tuesday.
The midfielder was adjudged to have headbutted the English and was dismissed for a second booking after 74 minutes after the pair had clashed off the ball.
Leicester City beat Sevilla 2-0 (3-2 on aggregate) to advance to the quarter finals of the UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE with the draw to be held on Friday.
Nasri believes Vardy antics led to Italian referee Daniele Orsato to take action and send him off.
“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. Look at the image. Yes he did it, but he did it well.
“He played it well. I thought the English players were tougher than that. He is the one who came to my face.
“I’m surprised but I should have thought about it and not reacted but I’m a man. I see the whole thing, coming out of the Champions League which is a big blow for us. It was just a reaction.
“It was a foul or something and then he pushed me and I said ‘what are you doing?’ and then he came to my face. That’s what happened.”
But England striker Vardy denied the allegation, saying: “I’m not a cheat and I never have been. That’s all I’ve got to say on the matter.”
Leicester City spokesman is quoted as saying: “The club refutes entirely any allegation that questions the professional integrity of Jamie or any of its players.”