The foxes have been drawn against Chelsea at home in the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

20 years ago Feb 27 – 1997

An FA Cup competition already rich in drama acquired a controversial new twist last night when the favourites required a debatable penalty three minutes from the end of extra time to dispose of the spirited Leicester in an FA Cup fifth round replay.

The award was made by the Birmingham referee Mike Reed after Erland Johnsen fell in the box while under challenge from Matt Elliott and Spencer Prior. Television replays suggested that the Chelsea substitute went down virtually untouched but Reed, who had an excellent view of the incident, had no doubt. After lengthy Leicester protests, Frank Leboeuf stepped forward to secure Chelsea’s place in a sixth round tie at Portsmouth.

Afterwards Martin O’Neill, the Leicester manager, had to be restrained from confronting Reed, and was scathing about a decision he found “unbelievable” and “shocking.”

“The efforts of my players were heroic and after going out like that, with that penalty, we are all heartbroken to be honest. The referee was five yards away from the incident and in that case you have got to get it right, and he has got it absolutely wrong.