Jamie Vardy’s red card has been upheld by the English Football Association despite an appeal from Leicester City. The player was sent off during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City in the Premier League.
Vardy, 29, gained fame as the club’s highest goal scorer during their historical 2015/16 season.
His dangerous two-footed tackle on Mame Diouf attracted a straight red card from Craig Pawson in the 28th minute.
“The Club has subsequently made its case for an instance of wrongful dismissal and expects to hear the outcome of the appeal in the coming days,”Leicester said on their website. (www.lcfc.com)
Image: Jamie Vardy
Disappointingly, the FA has confirmed in an official statement that the player must serve a three-match ban.
An FA statement read: “Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was rejected, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.
“The Leicester City striker was sent off for serious foul play during the game at Stoke City on Saturday 17 December 2016.”
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said the red card was a wrong decision from the officiating referee.
The Foxes were 2-0 down but fought hard enough to get a draw after two late goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey.
Leicester City, currently 15th in the table, will host Everton on 26 December, and West Ham United on 31 December – without Vardy, who is their top striker.
The player will also miss their match against Middlesbrough as the champions struggle to stay away from relegation with only 3 points.