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Demarai Gray gets booked for taking his shirt off in a tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

The Leicester winger netted the winner against Cardiff and revealed a message to the club's late chairman

It’s been an emotional week for Leicester City.

The tragic death of the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, as well as four others, in a helicopter accident outside the King Power Stadium last Saturday has dominated the build-up to this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.

And in the Foxes game against Cardiff this afternoon – their first match since the tragedy – the club’s players, staff and fans held an emotional minute’s silence before kick-off.

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Emotional scenes

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Leicester fans travelled in droves to the Cardiff City Stadium, many donning tribute t-shirts provided by the club.

And after a fairly event-free goalless first-half, the Foxes eventually got their goal in the second-half thanks to young winger Demarai Gray.

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Hero

On the 55th minute, the ball was passed out wide to Ben Chilwell on the left-wing following some patient build-up play.

The wing-back then dinked a low-cross towards the back post, which Gray hit on the half-volley past the goalkeeper.

It was a lovely goal and a spine-tingling moment, as Gray and his Leicester teammates then charged towards the away fans in joint-celebration, with Gray taking off his shirt to reveal a touching message to Srivaddhanaprabha: ‘For Khun Vichai’.

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Sadly, Gray was then booked, albeit reluctantly, by referee Lee Probert for removing his shirt.

You can clearly see by the look on the official’s face that it was a yellow card that he really didn’t want to give.

The referee booked Gray for removing his shirt

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The referee booked Gray for removing his shirt

Reluctant Probert

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Reluctant Probert

Of course, we’re all a little bit annoyed to see Gray receive the booking.

But Probert will argue he was simply following the Laws of the Game, which states that if a player removes their jersey to reveal a message on a shirt worn underneath, they’ll receive a caution every time.

Crikey, who’d be a referee, eh?


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