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Benalouane won’t play again if he doesn’t curb “reckless” tackling warns Shakespeare

Date Posted,August 1, 2017

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has rapped Yohan Benalouane as “reckless”.

And the Foxes ‘ new permanent boss says the Tunisian defender will not play for him again unless he curbs his hot-head tendencies.

Centre-back Benalouane made 15 appearances in the second half of last season, amid injuries and suspensions to first-choice duo Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.

That included playing in both legs of Leicester’s 2-1 aggregate loss to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Benalouane clatters Luton’s Josh McQuoid during pre-season a year ago… (Image: Action Images via Reuters)
…and last week’s friendly against MK Dons suggested his judgement is still suspect (Image: Action Images via Reuters)

But he received five cautions in the final nine of those matches — and Shakespeare was force to sub him early in Tuesday’s 2–1 pre-season loss at Championship side Burton.

Shakespeare hauled the 30-year-old off in the second half following a wild tackle on Albion’s Stephen Warnock.

“It was a reckless and would have been a red card,” he said.

The Tunisian gave away the penalty that became the winning goal in May’s loss to Man City (Image: Getty)

“My decision was to take him off, sit him down, show him that — because he has got to learn from that. If he doesn’t, he won’t be involved.

“I was bringing him off for that tackle. Normally he would have got a red card. He has got that in his game. If he doesn’t get rid of it, he won’t play.”

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