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Enzo Maresca: Leicester City boss focused on football after 'intense' break

Enzo Maresca points and shouts at his Leicester players during a match
Enzo Maresca's Leicester City side are second in the Championship table [Getty Images]

Leicester City boss Enzo Maresca says action taken against the club over alleged spending breaches made for an "intense" international break.

The Foxes were last week charged by the Premier League for allegedly breaking profit and sustainability rules (PSR).

The English Football League then put them under a transfer embargo, which prompted legal action from Leicester.

"Thursday it was the first one from the Premier League, then the next day the EFL," Maresca told BBC Radio Leicester.

"We were talking about the international break and finally we can have a break and relax, but it has been quite intense."

Leicester were referred to an independent commission by the Premier League for the alleged breach of financial rules in their last three seasons in the top flight and for failing to submit audited finances.

The high-flying Championship club had already been the subject of a separate financial probe by the EFL, but the competition's authorities went on impose a transfer embargo on them after the Premier League's actions.

Italian Maresca, who was an assistant coach with Treble-winning Manchester City last season, has previously said financial issues around the club would not make an immediate return to the Premier League any more urgent.

He said on Thursday that the threat of a points penalty and any other ramifications for his side are not problems he is concerning himself with.

"Can we control the EFL embargo, or the Premier League deduction of points? No, we cannot control that so why why would I spend energy on this?" he added.

"And the same goes for the players, we cannot control these kind of things.

"The only thing we can control is the way we play."

Leicester were knocked off top spot in the Championship just before the international break, but are level on points with leaders Leeds United and have a game in hand.

The Foxes, who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea two weeks ago, return to action at Bristol City on Friday.