Leicester striker Jamie Vardy will miss his side’s bid for Premier League title glory at Manchester United on Sunday after receiving an additional one-match ban.
The 29-year-old has already sat out one game for his red card in the Foxes’ 2-2 draw with West Ham last week, missing the 4-0 win over Swansea, but after accepting a Football Association charge of improper conduct an independent regulatory committee has handed down a further game’s suspension.
That means Vardy will miss his side’s trip to Old Trafford where victory would seal a memorable title triumph after Tottenham dropped points in Monday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.
The England international saw red against West Ham in controversial circumstances after receiving a second yellow card for diving from referee Jon Moss, who was then confronted by a furious Vardy.
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That reaction earned him the charge of improper conduct, which he accepted but requested a personal hearing in a bid to try and persuade leniency.
Vardy, who has also been fined £10,000 by the FA, will be available for Leicester’s final two games of the season against Everton and Chelsea, meaning he will be present for the title-winning moment if Claudio Ranieri’s men fail to get the job done at Old Trafford on Sunday.
An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Jamie Vardy has been given a one-match suspension with immediate effect, fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct.
“The Leicester City forward had accepted an FA charge of improper conduct following his second half dismissal against West Ham United on Sunday 17 April 2016.”
The club has also been fined £20,000 after admitting an FA charge of failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.
The sanction, which the Foxes accepted, followed the award of an 83rd-minute penalty during the game with the Hammers.
Vardy will return for Leicester’s final home game of the season against Everton on May 7, having missed Sunday’s 4-0 win over Swansea.
His replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, scored twice as Claudio Ranieri’s side temporarily moved eight points clear at the top with a comfortable victory.
Newly crowned PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring while Marc Albrighton added a late fourth.
Second-placed Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday closed the gap to seven points but their failure to win means Leicester only need three points from their final three games to take the title.