Lineker praises Napoli and blames referee

Former England striker Gary Lineker blames Leicester vs. Napoli referee Tiago Martins, but praises the Partenopei saying they can win Serie A.

On Thursday, Napoli recovered from two goals down at the King Power Stadium, collecting a 2-2 draw in their opening Europa League group stage game.

The Foxes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was sent off in the final minutes of the game after collecting his second yellow card.

The decision was too harsh, according to Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers.

“I didn’t think the referee was very good,” he said.

“Ndidi was unfortunate and has done really well to get through the game to get to that point after the early yellow. He’s just trying to stop the attacker.

“It was a little bit harsh, I didn’t think the first one was a yellow. I didn’t think the referee was great.”

Leicester and England legend Gary Lineker seems to share the same view as the Foxes’ coach as the 60-year-old aimed a dig at the Portuguese match official on Twitter.

“Cracking game of football. Some excellent goals. Two very good sides. Even the referee couldn’t spoil it. Wouldn’t be at all surprised if Napoli win Serie A,” the former striker wrote.

The Partenopei missed out on a top-four finish under Gennaro Gattuso last term. A draw against Hellas Verona at the Stadio Maradona in the last match of the season allowed Juventus to book their place for this season’s Champions League.

With Luciano Spalletti in charge, Napoli have collected nine points from their opening three Serie A games of the season and will face Udinese at the Dacia Arena on Monday night.

Napoli and Leicester meet again in Naples on December 9.