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Leicester's Pearson takes swipe at MOTD's Lineker, Murphy, Jenas

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has defended himself against comments made by commentators on BBC's Match of the Day on the weekend.

Gary Lineker, Danny Murphy and Jermaine Jenas all reacted negatively to Pearson's actions in a bizarre encounter with Crystal Palace's James McArthur in his side's 1-0 loss at the King Power Stadium in which he grasped the midfielder around the throat.

Pearson responded to the comments made by the trio, suggesting they had made much more of the event than met the eye.

"It's not helpful when the three fountains of knowledge on Match of the Day make a mountain out of a molehill," said Pearson.

"There was nothing in that. The lad's fine. Our owners are fine, as they were with the incident with the fan (earlier in the season)."

The incident led to speculation that Pearson had been sacked by Leicester's Thai owners but that is not the case as he is preparing the Foxes for Tuesday night's trip to Arsenal.

"In an ideal world, I'd rather the story had not got out there,'' added Pearson.

"We are bottom of the league, there is speculation, and unfortunately stories like this break.

"We've got a game tomorrow and it's important that my focus and the focus of players is on what we can do tomorrow night rather than something that I'm not really prepared to talk about."

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