- Leicester sports scientist provided Marc Albrighton with water late in the game
- Tom Joel encroached into Atletico Madrid’s technical area on Wednesday night
- His actions provoked a reaction from Atletico Madrid bench and he was sent off
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Tom Joel, who is on Leicester’s science staff, received his marching orders from UEFA officials after Atletico complained he was handing out drinks to his team from in front of their dugout.
Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare said he thought Joel was dismissed for giving Marc Albrighton water in front of the Atletico technical area, adding it was a ‘genuine mistake, nothing sinister’.
Sometimes players are given gels which are basically carbohydrates to raise blood sugar levels to combat muscle damage and fatigue.
Tom Joel (left) was sent to the stands after handing Marc Albrighton some water
Joel was approached by the referee who responded to the complaint from Atletico Madrid
Joel walked to the stands after he encroached into the opposition area for his duties
These gels are basically carbohydrates which give an instant boost of 100-150 calories in a mouthful.
However, Shakespeare insisted that Joel was simply passing water to Albrighton, who was suffering from stomach cramps during the game.
The dismissal may have been because Joel was in front of the Atletico dugout and outside the permitted area for Leicester’s coaching staff.
Diego Simeone’s bench at the Vicente Calderon took exception to Joel’s behaviour and their complaints led to him being sent to the stands.
Winger Marc Albrighton was suffering with stomach cramps, according to Craig Shakespeare
Diego Simeone and his dugout took exception to Joel’s behaviour and complained to officials
Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann scored the 28th-minute spot-kick that saw England’s sole survivors lose the first leg at the Vicente Calderon.
Griezmann appeared to be outside of the box when he was pushed to the ground by Albrighton, but Leicester’s appeals were rejected by referee Jonas Eriksson.
The Foxes host Atletico in the second leg at the King Power Stadium on April 18.
TOM JOEL FACTFILE
Who is Tom Joel?
He is responsible for providing effective sports science support/services for the first team.
What does his role involve?
He delivers practical elements on the pitch and is heavily involved in the analysis of training to ensure players are capable of meeting the demands of the game.
He also assists with the implementation of on-field and off-field injury prevention strategies which entails managing and analysing information before providing feedback for the coaching and playing staff as well as the Medical and Sports Science Department.
What is his educational background?
After attending Harrogate Grammar School, he studied Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University in 2009 – graduating there four years later with a BSc (Bachelor of Science).
How did he join the Leicester backroom team?
Joel began interning at the club during the 2011-2012 season through his placement year at Loughborough and continued to offer his services the following season while completing his degree.
After graduating in the summer of 2013, he was hired as the Foxes’ full-time Sports Scientist for the Under 21 squad. He was promoted to the first team at the beginning of 2014-15 campaign as the department expanded due its new Premier League status.
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