Leicester appeal Vardy red card

Leicester City have appealed against the red card striker Jamie Vardy was shown in their heated 2-2 draw with Stoke City on Saturday. 

The striker was given his marching orders in the 28th minute for a two-footed tackle on forward Mame Diouf. Referee Craig Pawson deemed the challenge reckless and had no hesitation in showing the 29-year-old his second red card of the season. 

If Leicester’s appeal fails, the England striker will receive a three-match ban, which will see him miss his side’s games against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough.

The reigning Premier League champions have confirmed that a decision is expected “in the coming days”.

After the game, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri expressed his disbelief and infuriation towards Pawson’s decision to show Vardy a straight red. 

"He wants to challenge and get the ball, not make a foul," Ranieri had said. "There was a big challenge between Johnson and Vardy. He touched the ball. Maybe it was yellow."

An FA panel is expected to make a decision on the appeal on Tuesday afternoon.

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