Tuesday 23 April 2019

Vardy accepts FA charge

Jamie Vardy Photo: Reuters
Jamie Vardy Photo: Reuters

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has accepted a English Football Association charge of improper conduct.

It means the England forward could be hit with a further ban to damage the Premier League leaders' title bid.

He was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving in Sunday's 2-2 draw with West Ham and the charge relates to his reaction to the decision.

Vardy responded furiously, pointing and shouting in the face of referee Jonathan Moss before leaving the pitch following his tangle with Angelo Ogbonna. He is 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 face the possibility of losing the 29-year-old for longer if his behaviour is deemed worthy of further punishment. Vardy has requested a personal hearing.

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. He was handed a £20,000 fine and a warning as to his future conduct.

But England boss Roy Hodgson, who is expected to take the 22-goal star to Euro 2016 this summer, defended Vardy and insisted he did not dive.

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."

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