Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has accepted a Football Association improper conduct charge over his reaction to being sent off against West Ham United.
Vardy has requested a personal hearing with an FA disciplinary panel in a bid to prevent his standard one-match ban being lengthened, and missing more of Leicester’s title run-in. Leicester are five points ahead of Tottenham at the top of the Premier League with four games remaining.
Vardy tangled with Angelo Ogbonna before going down in the penalty area early in the second half on Sunday. Vardy angrily confronted referee Jon Moss after receiving his first red card of the season. At the time, Leicester was leading 1-0 and went on to draw 2-2.
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 sympathising with his reaction.
“He was very, very unlucky ... and then unfortunately, he has reacted like sometimes human beings react,” Hodgson said.
Leicester also accepted an FA charge of failing to control their players after West Ham was awarded a late penalty.
Vardy was last night named in the PFA Premier League team of the year, along with team-mates, Wes Morgan, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy. Spurs also supply four players, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
The three remaining slots go to Manchester United keeper David De Gea, Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin and West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.