Canaries could face FA charges over Foxes' flashpoint

PUBLISHED: 13:42 16 December 2019 | UPDATED: 13:58 16 December 2019

Daniel Farke admitted he was as upset as his Norwich City players after a first half melee in the 1-1 draw at Leicester City sparked by striker Kelechi Iheanacho's decision not to return the ball to the visitors 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke admitted he was as upset as his Norwich City players after a first half melee in the 1-1 draw at Leicester City sparked by striker Kelechi Iheanacho's decision not to return the ball to the visitors Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke revealed Brendan Rodgers helped calm him down after a first half melee in Norwich City's 1-1 draw at Leicester City left his pulse racing.

The Canaries' players reacted angrily when Foxes' striker Kelechi Iheanacho opted not to give them the ball back from a throw in conceded by Norwich, with Emi Buendia grounded from a heavy challenge seconds earlier.

Christoph Zimmermann took evasive action to haul down the striker, before a spat ensued which saw Todd Cantwell yellow carded.

A VAR check took place without any further punishment but City must now await the referee's report, which could lead to FA charges for failing to control their players.

Canaries' old boy James Maddison deliberately rolled the free kick out of play, once order had been restored, after Farke had shown solidarity with his men.

"I am usually a calm guy but I was there with my players and my pulse was about 200. I was furious," he said. "I couldn't understand why the referee didn't give a foul for the tackle on Emi.

"Each and every one in the stadium knew what needed to happen at the throw in. Apart from the Leicester player.

"I do not want to accuse him of a bad intention but it was strange.

"I spoke to Brendan and he was perfect about this. He understood the situation and immediately made it clear Leicester would give us the ball back from the free kick. He is a gentleman. He was calm and a great character.

"I have a rule where I try not to speak about the opponents and show some class.

"You can ask me about Todd Cantwell getting a red but I won't speak negatively about other teams. I am not here to punish an opponent's players."

Foxes' chief Rodgers admitted Iheanacho had made an error of judgement.

"He totally misread that situation. The ball should go back. Thankfully nothing came of that," he said. "Most times the ball will be given back. It led to the situation which might have led to a red card which would have been an awkward one as well.

"They were disappointed that he wanted to try to get in and score. Young Kels, I'm not sure what he was thinking to be honest. He's an honest boy. He's clearly got kicked. Thankfully it was sorted out and nothing else happened."

Iheanacho was substituted before the interval but Rodgers insisted that was not a punishment.

"It was one where we wanted to go to 4-3-3 and when we moved him out to the side, he's not a natural winger, he's not one who can play on that outside," he said. "So I can either leave it and wait until half-time or make the change when I did. And then make the other change on half-time. It was purely a tactical one.

"He was fine. He was disappointed because he's been terrific for us in the past few games. He understands, he knows it was nothing personal, just the flow of the game needed to change."

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