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Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy faces longer ban after accepting FA charge

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The FA’s improper conduct charge means Vardy is likely to miss at least two of Leicester’s last four league games if he is found guilty.

After watching his Leicester City team salvage a late draw against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, Claudio Ranieri has praised his squad for the fight they showed in a fiery affair.

Leicester are five points clear at the top of the Premier League table after Spurs won at Stoke on Monday night to reduce the deficit from eight points.

Vardy is deemed to have dived after tangling with West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna in the penalty area, but Hodgson has a different view of the matter and suggests that the Three Lions worldwide was “very unlucky” to be dismissed.

And Vardy has been charged with improper conduct after he reacted angrily to being sent off for a second booking. “Jamie has, however, requested a personal hearing”.

“You can’t lose the ball in that situation, and after that what happened makes us and me feel very frustrated and very disappointed”.

Vardy on Wednesday received the backing of the FA’s most high profile employee, with England coach Roy Hodgson saying the forward didn’t dive, and sympathizing with his reaction.

The scrawny striker’s gritty back story, fiery temperament and hard-running playing style have turned him into something of an anti-hero for Leicester’s supporters, who have never seen their club win the title.

“I can see them thinking the pressure on the title race is less than relegation battle – the team that everyone thought were going down but made a miracle to stay up”. I think that jobs of high importance should be decided on competence, and not on a lucky win or an unlucky defeat.

Despite the huge effort and energy the Foxes put into the match, Ranieri did however reveal that Vardy’s sending off mid-way through the second period did have an impact on the way they played their game. “I love him and he loves me”, Pochettino said.Ulloa is set to start when Leicester return to action against Swansea on Sunday, with top scorer Vardy absent through suspension.

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