La Liga midfielder brands Premier League star a ‘cheat’

Nasri gives opinion in strongly-worded interview

Sevilla midfielder Samir Nasri has branded Leicester striker a ‘cheat’ in the aftermath of their incident during the Champions League match on Tuesday between the two clubs.

Nasri, who is on loan at the Spanish side from Manchester City, was sent off for appearing to throw a headbutt at Vardy after a clash between the pair off the ball.

Leicester went on to win the game 2-0, 3-2 on aggregate, and advance to the quarter finals of the competition.

Former Arsenal star Nasri has claimed that England forward Vardy made the most of the confrontation however, saying he tricked Italian referee Daniele Orsato into sending 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,” said Nasri.

“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.”

The Champions League quarter-final draw will take place tomorrow from 11am. Who will Leicester draw?

 

By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10

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