Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy will miss three Premier League matches after an appeal against his red card in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City was rejected by an independent regulatory commission. .
The 29-year-old’s wrongful dismissal claim had been rejected by the Football Association, and he will be unavailable for selection in the Boxing Day game against Everton, the New Year’s Eve game against West Ham and the trip to Middlesbrough on 2 January.
The England forward was sent off by referee Craig Pawson in the 28th minute for a tackle on Stoke’s Mame Diouf.
Vardy was dismissed for a challenge on Diouf, which the referee, Craig Pawson, deemed to be reckless despite connecting with the ball first. Video replays show Vardy making a two-footed tackle, winning the ball, but also clipping Diouf’s shins in the process.
A statement from the Football Association read: “Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was rejected. The Leicester City striker was sent off for serious foul play during the game at Stoke City on Saturday 17 December 2016.”
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri admitted the decision was a debatable one following the 2-2 home draw, but the club appealed after replays suggested Vardy had been knocked off balance moments earlier by Stoke’s Glen Johnson.
After the game, Ranieri had said: “He wants to challenge and get the ball, not make a foul. He touched the ball. Maybe it was yellow.”