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Published: 18:01 | 14/2/16

Ranieri unhappy at Simpson red card

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says referee Martin Atkinson was pressured to send off Danny Simpson by the Arsenal crowd at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Danny Welbeck’s last-gasp header secured Arsenal a potentially crucial 2-1 win over Premier League leaders Leicester City, after Theo Walcott had cancelled out Jamie Vardy's opener from the penalty spot.

The Foxes were 1-0 up and in control when Atkinson showed a second yellow card to Simpson nine minutes into the second half, following fouls in quick succession on Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud.

"If I think about the match I am very angry because I think maybe I make mistakes but an international referee gives two yellow cards for normal fouls and the match was full of fouls," the Italian said.

"I remember the first half when we scored and there was a bad tackle from Aaron Ramsey and it was a yellow card but it is not the same yellow card when Simpson stopped the other player.

"Maybe [he sent Simpson off] because the crowd pushed a lot and put him under pressure. But I am very proud of my players. They showed a fantastic performance."

Leicester are not in FA Cup action next weekend, so Ranieri has given his squad a week off to enjoy some down time ahead of a home Premier League clash against Norwich City on 27 February.

"It's the same as if you won the match. 'Go home, and we will see you next Monday' because they deserve it. They made a fantastic performance today. They go, I don't know where, Dubai maybe. They go wherever they want.''

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