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Jacqui Oatley’s tweet about Lee Probert booking Demarai Gray has sparked debate

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Leicester City sealed all three points in their first game since the horrific helicopter crash which claimed the life of the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people last weekend.

Claude Puel’s players, who have been left devastated by the death of the man they called ‘The Boss’, beat Cardiff City 1-0 on Saturday afternoon thanks to a second-half goal from Demarai Gray.

Leicester’s squad and staff will now fly to Bangkok for Srivaddhanaprabha’s funeral.

One of the biggest talking points to come out of the match, however, involved referee Lee Probert.

The 46-year-old match official booked Gray for taking off his jersey and unveiling a ‘For Khun Vichai’ message on his undershirt after scoring in the 55th minute.

Watch the video here…

Lots of football fans - including Soccer Saturday host Jeff Stelling - have been left incensed by Probert’s decision to show Gray a yellow card.

They felt it showed a complete lack of understanding and common sense on Probert’s part.

However, ITV/BBC football presenter Jacqui Oatley raised a point on Twitter which has sparked plenty of debate.

“Harsh for people to hammer Lee Probert for booking Gray who ripped off shirt celebrating goal, with message ‘For Vichai’,” she tweeted. “Refs can’t decide on the spot which t-shirt messages are more poignant than others. Ref would’ve hated booking him but felt he had to. No win situation.”

She then added: "We all understand the emotion behind it, but what if a player next week rips off his shirt displaying a message for his sick brother? Does the ref read it and decide whether that’s more/less important than Gray’s emotions? Player surely expects yellow and feels it’s worth it."

In fairness to Probert, Oatley is probably right here.

The last thing the referee would have wanted to do is to get his yellow card out, but surely he wouldn’t have been doing his job probably had he just ignored it?

While some people think Oatley is spot on…

Others disagree and still feel Probert is in the wrong for dishing out the yellow card…

You can understand both sides of the argument.

Probert was simply following the rules. Had he been told to show more leniency due to the occasion, he surely would have done so.

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However, he would have gained the respect from football fans everywhere had he decided to keep his cards in his pocket at that moment.

That, though, could potentially have opened a huge can of worms.

Is Jacqui Oatley right? Have your say below.

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