Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy will miss the chance to seal the Premier League title at Manchester United on Sunday as a result of an additional one-match ban imposed on him by an independent regulatory commission following the Football Association’s decision to charge the England forward with improper conduct in relation to his dismissal against West Ham United.
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The FA statement announcing the ban read:
“Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Jamie Vardy has been given a one-match suspension with immediate effect, fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct.
“The Leicester City forward had accepted an FA charge of improper conduct following his second half dismissal against West Ham United on Sunday 17 April 2016.”
The striker who has also been fined £10,000 ($14,540, 12,890 euros) had missed last Sunday’s 4-0 win over Swansea City through suspension and will also have to sit out this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford, where Leicester can claim their first league title if they win. Monday night’s draw between Spurs and West Brom means Leicester can claim their first-ever championship with a victory at Old Trafford.
The club was also fined £20,000 after admitting an FA charge of failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. The Foxes accepted the sanction following the award of an 83rd-minute penalty during the game with the Hammers.
However, the 29-year old striker, who is Leicester’s top scorer this season, will be available for the last two fixtures of the season, at home to Everton on Saturday week and away at Chelsea on the final day, when he will hopefully add to his tally of 22 Premier League goals.
The England international replacement, Leonardo Ulloa, has not being doing badly, he scored twice as Claudio Ranieri’s side temporarily moved eight points clear at the top with a comfortable victory. Newly crowned PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring while Marc Albrighton added a late fourth