On an eventful afternoon that drew Leicester one point closer to the Premier League title, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri also revealed that he will be flying home from a lunch date with his 96-year-old mother tonight while Chelsea play his team’s closest challengers Tottenham.
Anything less than victory for Spurs and the Foxes will be crowned champions for the first time in their history, one of the most unexpected and magical stories in the history of modern football.
But Ranieri insists he will be happy to be in blissful ignorance of events at his former club Chelsea as he returns from a flying visit to his homeland.
“Tomorrow night I am on a flight,” he said. “Now I go back to Italy and I come back at the same time of the match. I will be the last man to know the result.
“My mother is 96 years old and I’d like to have lunch with her.
“I’d like to watch the match but I think I’m on that flight back (at that time) so it’s difficult to watch that match.
“Then, when I land, I know the result.”
Leicester moved a step closer their momentous achievement without the suspended Jamie Vardy and will now be without Danny Drinkwater for Saturday’s clash with Everton after he was shown red late in the proceedings for a second booking.
But after Fellaini was shown to blatantly elbow Huth in the face during an altercation at a first half set-piece, van Gaal also wants the no-nonsense Leicester defender punished for sparking the incident by pulling the Belgian’s hair.
“Then I expect first that Huth shall be getting a lot (of suspension),” said van Gaal, when asked if he expected his player to be retrospectively punished by the FA.
“Because I don’t think that’s normal and what he is doing, Fellaini, is reacting like a human being.
“When I grab you by the hair and pull it backwards, you shall also do something to me, I believe.
“It’s a penalty for us — when you grab somebody by the hair and you’re pulling it backwards, then it is a penalty.”
Fortunately for Leicester, the late season disciplinary concerns will have little bearing on a league title that could be clinched as soon as tonight, although Drinkwater may be in further trouble after he appeared to swear at referee Michael Oliver as he left the field.
The FA has the power to extend his one-match suspension if it is mentioned in the referee’s report.
“I never speak about some incidents on the pitch,” said Ranieri. “The referees have to make a very difficult game.
“I am very sad because he will miss the next game at home. I hope I will not miss him.”