Leicester striker Jamie Vary could face an extended ban after accepting a Football Association charge for improper conduct.
The England international was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, with the charge in relation to his reaction to the decision.
Now Vardy, who has started every Premier League game for Leicester this season, could face an extended ban that could damage the Foxes’ title hopes.
Vardy responded furiously to his sending off, pointing and shouting in the face of referee Jonathan Moss before leaving the pitch following his tangle with Hammers’ defender Angelo Ogbonna.
The 29-year-old is already suspended for Sunday’s visit of Swansea, with the Foxes five points clear at the top of the table with four games left.
And Leicester now face the possibility of losing their star striker for more than just one game – if his behaviour is deemed worthy of further punishment.
The striker – who is expected to be part of England’s squad for Euro 2016 – has requested a personal hearing, and will be hoping to avoid a further ban with Leicester only four games away from clinching the Premier League title.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa was given an additional one-game suspension for his reaction after he was dismissed in their FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Everton last month.
The Spaniard was handed a £20,000 fine and warned as to his future conduct.
He said: “Vardy got sent off at the weekend, but once again I will go out on a limb – I don’t see that. I don’t see that as a dive. I just don’t.
“I think he was unbalanced. I don’t think it was a penalty either, I think he was unbalanced, running at that speed.”
The FA also charged Leicester for failing to control their players following the award of the Hammers’ 83rd-minute penalty.
The club have accepted that charge too, and said in a statement: “Leicester City Football Club has today (Thursday) accepted a Football Association charge of failing to control its players during the Barclays Premier League fixture against West Ham United on 17 April.
“Furthermore, Jamie Vardy has accepted a charge of improper conduct arising from the same fixture. Jamie has, however, requested a personal hearing.”