Wilfred Ndidi: Rodgers defends Nigerian star, says penalty against Everton was harsh

Wilfred Ndidi: Rodgers defends Nigerian star, says penalty against Everton was harsh

- Wilfred Ndidi on Wednesday night, July 1, handled the ball against Everton

- The referee gave Everton a penalty which made Leicester City lose 2-1

- Leicester City boss has stated that the penalty given to Everton was an harsh one

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has defended Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi for the penalty he caused his side which gave Everton a 2-1 win over the Foxes in Premier League tie.

Everton on Wednesday night, July 1, maintained their home record against Leicester City after recording a controversial 2-1 win in an encounter played behind closed doors.

Richarlison scored the first goal for the hosts in the 10th minute after receiving a superb assist from Anthony Gordon in which Kasper Schmeichel was beaten.

And after six minutes Gordon netted the opener, Wilfred Ndidi was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box in which the referee gave Everton a penalty.

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Gylfi Sugurdsson stepped forward to convert the penalty as Kelechi Iheanacho's second half goal failed to to save Leicester City from a defeat.

Leicester City gaffer Rodgers has now disagreed with the decision of the referee claiming that the penalty should not have been given.

“We’re disappointed with the start, it’s something that has crept back into the game. We gave away a soft goal, but I thought the penalty was harsh.

“I think it was so harsh. We’ve had so many of those that we haven’t had this year. It was difficult to go behind with that. It wasn’t clear and obvious,'' Rodgers explained afterwards.

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Wilfred Ndidi: Rodgers defends Nigerian star, says penalty against Everton was harsh

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Leicester City have failed to win any away match in their last five games, but they still occupy third position on the Premier League table.

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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Wilfred Ndidi was blamed by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand for Leicester City's defeat against Chelsea in the English FA Cup which sent the Blues to the last four.

Since Claudio Ranieri won the Premier League title with Leicester City last three seasons, the Foxes have not won any trophy since then.

However, their hopes of landing a trophy this season has hit a rock following their defeat against Chelsea in the FA Cup as they are now up to finish among the top four in the Premier League.

Despite their resilience not to concede against Chelsea in the big encounter, Ross Barkley came off the bench to net the winning goal for the Blues after he got a nice assist from Willian.

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