Leicester launch appeal against Jamie Vardy's red card

Leicester launch appeal against Jamie Vardy's red card
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy is shown a red card by referee Craig Pawson at the Bet365 Stadium. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Leicester have appealed against Jamie Vardy's red card after the striker was sent off during Saturday's match with Stoke.

The 29-year-old was dismissed in the first half of the 2-2 draw after referee Craig Pawson ruled he had fouled Mame Diouf.

Replays suggested Vardy was knocked off balance by Glen Johnson just before making the tackle on Diouf and the Foxes will make their case to the Football Association.

The club said in a statement: "Leicester City have today (Monday) lodged an appeal with the Football Association against the dismissal of Jamie Vardy during Saturday's Premier League fixture at Stoke City.

"Jamie was shown a straight red card by referee Craig Pawson in the 28th minute of Saturday's 2-2 draw for a challenge that was deemed to have constituted serious foul play.

"The club has subsequently made its case for an instance of wrongful dismissal and expects to hear the outcome of the appeal in the coming days."

Boss Claudio Ranieri was unhappy with Pawson's first-half performance and confronted the official on the pitch at half-time, but is unlikely to face any further punishment.

If the Foxes fail in their appeal Vardy will miss Boxing Day's visit of Everton, the home game with West Ham on New Year's Eve and a trip to Middlesbrough on January 2.

It was the England striker's second red of the year after he was sent off in last season's 2-2 draw with West Ham in April, with Stoke boss Mark Hughes claiming Vardy was "out of control" when he made the tackle.

Ranieri suggested the club would appeal after the game and felt the challenge warranted only a yellow card.

The Foxes face a fine from the FA for having six or more players shown yellow cards in the match at the Britannia Stadium.

Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs were booked to collect their fifth cautions of the season and will miss the game against Everton.

Leicester recovered from 2-0 down with 10 men to earn a 2-2 draw after Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey scored in the final 16 minutes.

It was just their second away point of the season with Ranieri's side yet to win on the road in the Premier League and the defending champions sit 15th in the table.

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