Brendan Rodgers has hit out at Kelechi Iheanacho after the Nigerian striker caused a melee in Leicester’s draw with Norwich.
Midway through the first half the Canaries kicked the ball out of play with Emiliano Buendia needing treatment. The unwritten law dictates that Leicester return possession to the visitors, but Iheanacho played on, dribbling towards goal.
That outraged the Norwich squad, who pushed Iheanacho over, with Todd Cantwell getting booked for placing his hands near the striker’s throat.
But after the game Rodgers refused to back his player, admitting that he “did not know” what the youngster was thinking.
“He totally misread that situation,” Rodgers said.
“The ball should go back. Thankfully nothing came of that.
“Most times the ball will be given back. It led to the situation which might have led to a red card which would have been an awkward one as well.
“They were disappointed that he wanted to try to get in and score. Young Kels, I’m not sure what he was thinking to be honest. He’s an honest boy. He’s clearly got kicked. Thankfully it was sorted out and nothing else happened.”
Iheanacho was substituted shortly after, but Rodgers said the decision was tactical and not related to the melee.