On Saturday evening, Leicester won the world’s oldest cup competition for the very first time in their history. Brendan Rodgers’ side recorded a 1-0 victory over the Blues, with Youri Tielemans’ stunning long-range strike the difference between the two sides.
Understandably, the Foxes players and staff celebrated jubilantly on the Wembley pitch and in their dressing room after the game.
Yet the actions of Amartey apparently crossed a line. The 26-year-old was videoed picking up the pennant given to Leicester by Chelsea ahead of the final and then flinging it over his shoulder to the floor.
It was viewed as disrespectful to Thomas Tuchel, the players, and the club. And according to Sky Sports, the Foxes have apologised to Chelsea for Amartey’s actions after their victory at Wembley and have spoken to the defender about the incident.
The Blues have reportedly accepted the apology from the Foxes, who they will take on tomorrow night in the Premier League.
That game at Stamford Bridge is likely to be pivotal in the race to finish in the top four. Leicester currently sit third in the table, two points ahead of Chelsea in fourth. Liverpool are a point and place behind in fifth.
There is big pressure on Tuchel and his players. The Blues head coach, however, insists that was placed upon his side by last week’s defeat to Arsenal rather than the FA Cup final defeat to the Foxes.
“Arsenal increased the pressure for Tuesday,” the German coach said. “Saturday was an isolated game. It has nothing to do with the race for top four or the Champions League final.
The Man City win had a lot to do in a positive way. Arsenal increased the pressure definitely for Tuesday, not this game.”
Tuchel should have a full squad from which to select his side. That is not the case for Foxes boss Rodgers, who will be without Johnny Evans after the centre-back limped off at Wembley.
“Jonny won’t play in the game, he’ll struggle for that,” the Leicester boss told reporters during his pre-match press conference.
“We’ll see what he’s like for next weekend, but he won’t be involved tomorrow.”