ALEXIS SANCHEZ was last night accused of trying to con the ref by faking injury.
The Arsenal superstar fell to the ground clutching his face in apparent agony — despite Leicester’s Christian Fuchs firing a throw-in on to his SHOULDER.
Referee Mike Jones booked the Chilean and Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare urged Arsenal to “deal with Sanchez”.
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However, Gunners chief Arsene Wenger defended his top scorer, believing he was booked for not retreating at the throw-in rather than for faking injury.
Sanchez, 28, posted a picture of his cut mouth following a separate clash with defender Robert Huth, whose 86th-minute own goal handed victory to the Gunners.
Wenger, whose side are now four points off fourth place in the pursuit of a Champions League spot, said: “Huth really went in with him.
“I helped Alexis to get up and he was bleeding on the lips. He touched him on the face — I don’t know whether accidentally or not.
“In the first two attempts when Fuchs tried to throw the ball in, Sanchez stood next to him and did not know he had to be further away. He was not the required distance.
“After that he got a yellow card because he didn’t accept the rule. I accept that.
“I assume it was for that because I don’t know if the referee saw it any better than I did where the ball hit him. I will check on the video.
“Fuchs was lucky not to get a yellow card because he threw the ball at him on purpose.”
Referee Mike Jones then booked Sanchez – either for not retreating the correct distance from the throw-in, or for simulation.
It was predictably a much discussed point on social media – especially after the man himself wrote on Twitter that he had “ended up with a swollen lip”.
One person wrote that he should “get a 10 game ban for his antics”, while another added that his reaction was “laughable”.
Isaac Barrington labelled the Chilean a “faker” and said he “should be banned”.