Jamie Vardy to serve three-match ban after red card appeal is rejected

• Leicester striker sent off for challenge during draw with Stoke

• Vardy to miss games against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough

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Jamie Vardy is shown a red card by the referee Craig Pawson following his tackle on Mame Biram Diouf.
Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after the Leicester striker’s claim for wrongful dismissal regarding his red card against Stoke City was rejected.

The striker was sent off during Saturday’s draw at the Bet365 Stadium for a challenge on Mame Biram Diouf, a decision that prompted his manager, Claudio Ranieri, to remonstrate with the referee, Craig Pawson, on the pitch at half-time.

The upholding of Vardy’s ban means he will be unavailable for the games against Everton, West Ham United and Middlesbrough. He could return for the FA Cup tie with Everton on 7 January.

Vardy scored 24 league goals and was named the Football Writers’ player of the year during Leicester’s title-winning campaign but has scored only five league goals this season.

From The Guardian
Jamie Vardy to serve three-match ban after red card appeal is rejected