Wednesday 13 December 2017

Vardy seeks hearing to fight further suspension

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy reacts after being booked with second yellow card and sent off during the match against West Ham on Sunday. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy reacts after being booked with second yellow card and sent off during the match against West Ham on Sunday. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

John Percy

Jamie Vardy has accepted a charge of misconduct but is fighting to prevent an additional one-match suspension from the English Football Association.

Vardy has requested a personal hearing after being sent off in the 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday and will be backed by his club, Leicester City, as he attempts to avoid an increased ban in a move that could have a huge impact on the Premier League leaders' title challenge.

The England international will be suspended for this Sunday's game against Swansea, but is determined to contest further punishment that would rule him out of the visit to Manchester United the following weekend.

Vardy is one of four Leicester players to have made the PFA team of the year which was leaked yesterday.

However, 12 players were named in the PFA Championship team of the year after an embarrassing clerical error.

Middlesbrough centre half Daniel Ayala and Hull City's Matthew Dawson received an equal number of votes for one of the centre-back positions alongside Michael Keane, of Burnley.

The PFA held a meeting last week to discuss various tiebreak criteria to establish a winner but a breakdown in communication led to both Ayala and Dawson being told they had made the XI, after which it was decided they should share the honour.

The gaffe was followed by news that the PFA teams of the year for the Premier League, League One and League Two, in addition to the Championship, had been leaked on social media three days before they were due to be announced at the 43rd PFA Awards dinner in London on Sunday.

Leicester City and Tottenham dominate the Premier League team of the year with each club having four representatives.

Three Irishmen featured in the PFA Teams of the Year in the Football League.

The injured Brentford midfielder Alan Judge made the Championship side, with Corkman John Egan - the son of Kerry GAA legend John - selected in defence for his League One performances with Gillingham and John Joe'Toole voted onto the League Two side by his peers after he starred for promotion bound Northampton.

Premier League team of the season: David de Gea (Man Utd); Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Wes Morgan (Leicester), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Danny Rose (Tottenham); Riyad Mahrez (Leicester), Dele Alli (Tottenham), N'Golo Kante (Leicester), Dimitri Payet (West Ham); Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Harry Kane (Tottenham).

Championship team of the season: Tom Heaton (Burnley); Bruno Saltor (Brighton), Daniel Ayala/Michael Dawson (Middlesbrough/Hull), Will Keane (Burnley), George Friend (Middlesbrough); Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough), Alan Judge (Brentford), Joey Barton (Burnley), Barry Bannan (Sheff Wed); Andre Gray (Burnley), Ross McCormack (Fulham).

League One team of the season: Jon McLaughlin (Bradford); Reece Wabara (Wigan), John Egan (Gillingham), Craig Morgan (Wigan), Rico Henry (Walsall); Yanic Wildschut (Wigan), Bradley Dack (Gillingham), Romaine Sawyers (Walsall), Mark Duffy (Burton); Will Grigg (Wigan), Adam Armstrong (Coventry).

League Two team of the season: Adam Smith (Northampton); George Baldock (Oxford), Curtis Nelson (Plymouth), Aaron Pierre (Wycombe), Joe Jacobson (Wycombe); Ricky Holmes (Northampton), John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton), Matt Crooks (Accrington), Kemar Roofe (Oxford); Jay Simpson (Leyton Orient), Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Irish Independent

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