Saturday 16 December 2017

Jamie Vardy facing extended ban over foul-mouthed tirade

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri consoles Vardy. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri consoles Vardy. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

John Percy

Jamie Vardy could face possible action from the English Football Association after appearing to swear in the face of referee Jonathan Moss.

Vardy is alleged to have shouted "you f****** c***" at Moss and jabbed his finger at the official following his controversial dismissal and may be the subject of an FA investigation.

The Leicester striker was given a second yellow card for simulation, after tangling with West Ham's Angelo Ogbonna in the penalty area, and then confronted Moss before he left the field.

Vardy could have his one-match ban extended if Moss includes the incident in his match report, but manager Claudio Ranieri defended the England international.

"Listen, I don't want to speak about referee, Vardy, the situation, you watched the situation better than me," he said. "I want to stay calm and speak about football. You are a journalist, you have to write what you see.

"He never dives. He's always good. Very fast and at this speed, if you touch even a little then (gestures with hand). But it's OK.

"I don't know (if it was a sending-off). From the bench it's very difficult to say sending-off, penalty, maybe you watch better than me on television.

"But of course I'm very sad. Not for the sending-off, but because he doesn't play in the next match." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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