Leicester City Sports Scientist Received Marching Orders for Handing Out 'Energy Gels'

Ollie Knight

​Leicester City sports scientist Tom Joel was sent to the stands during the Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, receiving his marching orders after handing out refreshments to players while in the Atletico technical area, according to ​reports.

Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare said Joel was sent off after Atletico complained about his alleged  encroachment in the home side's technical area, but he insists it was a " genuine mistake, nothing sinister."

Club Atletico de Madrid v Leicester City - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

Players are often given 'energy gels' during the late stage of high-octane games of football, these gels are simple carbohydrates that boost levels of sugar in the blood, in turn combatting fatigue and tiredness.

The small packets of gel give players an instant boost of around 100-150 calories, and Shakespeare has said that Joel was giving a packet to Marc Albrighton, who had suffered from stomach cramps earlier in the match.

However, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and his coaching staff took exception to Leicester's staff handing out refreshments, issuing a complaint to the referee after Joel appeared to go inside their designated technical area.

A single goal from Antoine Griezmann was enough for Atletico to go to the King Power Stadium with a 1-0 advantage, but they will have their work cut out against the English champions, who knocked Sevilla out of the competition in the last round.

Although Shakepeare's side put in a brilliant defensive display against last year's finalists, the performance of star-striker Jamie Vardy left much to be desired as the England striker  ​failed to complete a single pass all night .

Club Atletico de Madrid v Leicester City - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg


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