Referee Martin Atkinson won’t be on the Christmas card list of the home support at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester City hosted a resurgent Crystal Palace in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off. Following a dire start to the season, the Eagles are now unbeaten in their last seven games under Roy Hodgson after a 3-0 win over the home side.
Christian Benteke finally broke his seven month dry spell with the opener on 19 minutes, before Wilfried Zaha continued his good form with a quality strike just before half time.
Leicester weren’t completely dead and buried, however.
The Foxes had a Vicente Iborra goal disallowed at the 60 minute mark for a push from the Spaniard just prior to heading the ball past Julian Speroni. A chorus of boos greeted what the Sky Sports commentator called “an absolutely fantastic decision”.
Leicester’s chances of a comeback died just a minute later when Wilfred Ndidi appeared to dive in the Palace box under a Scott Dann challenge.
Speaking of cards, today marks Ndidi’s 21st birthday, and a red is the last card he would have wanted to receive.
Another card for birthday boy Wilfred Ndidi to add to his collection.
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) December 16, 2017
Though Atkinson was again booed for the call, observers agreed almost unanimously that the correct decision was made.
Claude Puel’s Leicester side will remain eighth in the Premier League table this weekend by virtue of being four points ahead of ninth placed Watford, while Crystal Palace have impressively dragged themselves out of the bottom three.