Jamie Vardy has lost his appeal against the straight red card he recieved in the Premier League last weekend in Leicester’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City. The Leicester City attacker will now serve a three-match ban.
The Englishman was sent off by referee Craig Pawson for a reckless tackle on Mame Biram Diouf in the 28th minute of the game at Stoke.
Leicester, who are the reigning Premier League champions had made an appeal to the Football Association contesting the red card that was issued to Vardy. The Foxes were hoping that the 29-year-old striker will be available for the rigorous Yuletide fixtures.
Unfortunately for Claudio Ranieri’s men, their appeal against a presumed wrongful sending of Vardy was soundly rejected by the FA in a hearing which took place on Tuesday.
An FA statement read:
“Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was rejected, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”
“The Leicester City striker was sent off for serious foul play during the game at Stoke City on Saturday 17 December 2016.”
Claudio Ranieri finds himself in a pickle as he has to do without his star striker, Vardy, who is set to miss the Premier League fixtures against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough.
Leicester City, who won the Premier League last season, are having a torrid time maintaining their form from the previous campaign. The Foxes currently lie a lowly 15th on the league table, just 3points above the relegation zone.