Samir Nasri has slammed Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, labelling the striker as a “cheat”.
Sevilla’s Nasri made the claims after he and the England international butted heads during the Foxes’ 2-0 Champions League win at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night, a result which sent Leicester into the last eight.
Nasri sought to defend himself following the incident, insisting to the match official that he did not touch Vardy.
Nevertheless, Nasri was shown a second yellow card and was sent off for his actions.
“He (Vardy) played it well, it was face-to-face and he fell on the floor,” Nasri said of the incident.
“I thought the English players were tougher than that. I should have thought about it before and been smarter.
“He pushed me and I said ‘what are you doing?’ and then he came to my face. That’s what happened.”
“For me, he’s a cheat because if he was a foreign player, you the English press would be saying he’s a cheat. For me, he is a cheat.
“They were winning 2-0, play the game like a man. You are not better than us but you are winning 2-0 and will qualify, just play the game.
“For an international player you don’t need to do that.
“I would love to speak to him. Too many cameras and security. You would not be able to write it.”
Vardy has since rejected Nasri’s sentiments.
“I’m not a cheat and I never have been. That’s all I’ve got to say on the matter,” Vardy is quoted as saying by the Leicester Mercury.