The EPL title race may get a lot closer in the next couple weeks as Jamie Vardy has accepted an FA charge of improper conduct toward referee Jon Moss in Leicester City’s game against West Ham last Sunday. Vardy was going to miss this Sunday’s game against Swansea but now will likely miss the next game against Manchester United and possibly the game after that against Everton.
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In the second half of the West Ham game, Vardy was given a second yellow for diving. Vardy felt that he was in the right and started yelling and pointing his finger at Moss while allegedly directing names and foul language at him, earning the improper conduct charge.
While Vardy accepted the charge and suspension that comes along with that, Vardy has requested an individual hearing with the FA on the matter. It’s unknown as to what exactly this hearing entails but it would likely result in Vardy getting a chance to explain his side of the story while at the same time, not appealing. An appeal would have had the possibility of an even longer suspension so that’s likely a reason why he accepted the charge.
Leicester is currently leading Tottenham by five points and these two missed games by Vardy may make things even in the Premier League title race. Manager Claudio Ranieri will likely have to play Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa up top for the next couple games. Leicester is all but assured 2nd place as they are 12 points ahead of Manchester City for 3rd.