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Demarai Gray was booked for emotional tribute to Vichai vs Cardiff - Jeff Stelling reacts

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A week on from Leicester City's darkest day, Claude Puel's side took to the pitch against Cardiff amid emotional scenes.

Players, staff, and fans observed a minute's silence, while the Foxes squad wore shirts dedicated to 'The Boss' following the tragic passing of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in last weekend's helicopter crash.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who police had to stop from running towards the flames, was in tears before kick-off, while the away end chanted:

"Champions of England, you made us sing that."

Understandably, Puel stressed ahead of the game that in light of this week's horrific events, the result was not important.

The visitors felt they should have had a penalty when Sol Bamba blatantly handballed in the box shortly before half-time, but they finally opened the scoring through Demarai Gray's half-volley with 55 minutes on the clock after Ben Chilwell had found him in the box .

What a moment. Gray wheeled away towards the fans and was flanked by all of his team-mates, who were unmistakably dedicating his goal to their late owner.

Gray's emotional celebration 

The 22-year-old pointed to the sky and lifted his shirt to reveal a message:

"For Khun Vichai."

A deeply touching sentiment and one which even many Cardiff fans cheered.

However, amidst the emotion, referee Lee Probert booked Gray. It was frankly unbelievable.

Yes, he was technically breaking the rules but, given the circumstances, it's outrageous that he didn't let him off.

Probert was slammed on Sky Sports 

Commentating on the game on Sky Sports' Gillette Soccer Saturday, Phil Thompson lambasted the decision.

"Get a life," he told Probert. Jeff Stelling could be heard in the background calling the official "absolutely insensitive".

Ultimately, nothing should put a dampener on a special moment for the players, who have been applauded for their commitment to continuing Vichai's vision by taking to the field so soon after the tragedy. 

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