Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes the Everton bench had a role to play in Wes Morgan seeing red against the Toffees on Saturday.

The Liverpool Echo report that Morgan was sent off in the 63rd minute of the Premier League clash for a second bookable offence, with both fouls being committed on Richarlison.

The Toffees eventually won the match 2-1, with Richarlison opening the scoring just seven minutes in beofre Ricardo Pereira equalised for the Foxes.

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s wonder-strike won the match for Marco Silva’s men, coming 14 minutes after Morgan was dismissed by referee Andre Marriner.

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Puel feels that the referee was influenced by members of the Everton backroom staff to send off the 34-year-old.

He said:

Of course, the opponent tried to push the referee to take a decision. From the opposition bench, it is the same, to put pressure on the referee.

We know this situation because with just a little foul all the people are crying out and they hope it will be a second yellow card. We can play again this game with another decision and I think it will be another result.

Saturday’s sending-off was the second in the league this season for Morgan, having been dismissed in last month’s 4-2 loss at AFC Bournemouth.

The Jamaican will now miss the Foxes’ trip to Arsenal after the international break.

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