Friday 24 January 2020

Vardy out of United clash after being handed extra ban

Jamie Vardy will miss out on Leicester's crucial encounter with Manchester United Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images
Jamie Vardy will miss out on Leicester's crucial encounter with Manchester United Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Sam Wallace

Jamie Vardy will miss Leicester City's potentially title-clinching game at Manchester United after being hit with an additional one-match ban by the Football Association.

Vardy has also been fined £10,000 after his attempts to avoid an extra suspension were thrown out by an independent regulatory commission at Wembley yesterday.

The striker made a personal appearance in front of the panel to explain his reaction to the red card he received against West Ham a week last Sunday but has been given the same punishment as the Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

He was given a second yellow card for simulation and then confronted referee Jonathan Moss before he left the field, appearing to swear in the official's face.

The FA charged him with improper conduct, which he accepted, but he requested a personal hearing in an attempt to minimise the punishment.

However, he will miss Sunday's trip to Old Trafford after the panel deemed his behaviour worthy of an additional game. Costa was suspended for one more game and fined £20,000 for his response to a red card at Everton last month.

Leicester are understood to accept the decision and view the matter as closed, two days after their 4-0 demolition of Swansea City which inched them closer to the title.

Vardy (29) will now return for the game against Everton at the King Power Stadium on May 7.

Leicester require only three points from their remaining three games to secure their first top-flight title.

The club are already assured of Champions League football and Danny Simpson, their defender, has revealed how Leicester's manager Claudio Ranieri has been setting them targets all season.

"At first it was safety, get 40 points, then it was keep going, can we get into the Europa League?" he said. "Can we get into the Champions League, then can we get into the Champions League group stages without playing a qualifier and then the next thing was go for the title.

"I think he had been saying all season that with three or four games to go he will tell us where we are. He said he wants us to do it and he believes in us and we believe in ourselves."

Simpson has also backed the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, to make further progress next season.

Last season's winner, Eden Hazard, has endured a difficult campaign with Chelsea, only scoring his first league goals since May in the 4-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday. But Simpson insists Mahrez has the hunger to continue improving after the Algeria international's stunning campaign.

"I think he will only want to do more next year and he will kick on."

Meanwhile, American businessman Charles Stillitano, who last month queried the wisdom of allowing a club like Leicester to compete in the Champions League, has backtracked on his comments.

Stillitano, a football tournament promoter, said: "You have to keep teams like Leicester in, and Atletico Madrid, they are two great examples of teams that absolutely should be in any type of Champions League. They make the competition exciting."

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