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."
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.
Poor Tom Joel. The #LCFC sports scientist sent to the stands for handing out energy drinks to the players in front of the Atletico bench.— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) April 12, 2017
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 .