Leicester boss Rodgers blames players’ ‘mistake’ for Hammers defeat

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has been speaking about his side’s 3-2 defeat to West Ham United on Sunday.

City headed to the London Stadium hoping to put more distance between themselves and the chasing pack in the race for qualification to next season’s Champions League.

However, they conceded three goals inside 48 minutes, and despite the efforts of Kelechi Iheanacho, who netted a second-half brace, Rodgers’ men slumped to a loss in the capital.

The big news before the game was about the absence of James Maddison, Hamza Choudhury and Ayoze Perez, who were dropped from the matchday squad because of a breach of coronavirus protocols. LeicestershireLive understands the club took action after a party at Perez’s house.

They will rejoin the squad for City’s FA Cup semi-final with Southampton at Wembley next weekend.

Rodgers cut a disappointed figure in his broadcast interview and insisted that the decision to drop the players from the squad was the right one instead of a fine.

“It was a decision I made,” Rodgers told Sky Sports. “We had an internal situation last weekend.

“It is not a standard we would expect. All those boys are good lads but we have a standard on and off the pitch we need to ensure we adhere to.

“That is why the team has been developing well over these last couple of years.

“The boys will rejoin the group after this game, the consequences of their behaviour was that they would miss this game but they will join the group this week and we will get ready for the semi-final.”

Rodgers refused to clarify what exactly happened and said that dropping the players was preferential to a fine.

“The boys that you mentioned, it is something that disappoints of course,” he added.

“I know them. It’s a behaviour that is a mistake that they have made .
“It’s not their identity and it’s certainly not the identity of something that we are trying to produce.

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“It would have been easy just to have them here but it is not what we are about.

“We have a set of values for the team, this football club and we have to adhere to that.

“The players in the main have been brilliant in my time here and they are top players.”

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