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Published: 19:45 | 21/4/16

Vardy facing longer ban

Striker accepts FA charge

Leicester's title ambitions have been dealt a blow with news that striker Jamie Vardy could be facing an extended ban after admitting an FA charge of improper conduct.

Vardy was sent off early on the second half of the Foxes' 2-2 draw with West Ham on Sunday for which he received an automatic one-match

ban, but now faces an additional censure after admitting a charge of improper conduct for his reaction to the decision.

The England international reacted angrily to referee Jonathan Moss's decision, shouting in his face and pointing furiously at the

official after receiving a second yellow card for diving following a tangle with Angelo Ogbonna.

Vardy, who is already set to miss Sunday's home match against Swansea, has requested a personal hearing in the hope of avoiding a longer ban.

The striker was defended by England manager Roy Hodgson who felt that the decision to award a second yellow card was harsh.

"Vardy got sent off at the weekend, but once again I will go out on a limb - I don't see that. I don't see that as a dive. I just don't," he said.

"I think he was unbalanced. I don't think it was a penalty either, I think he was unbalanced, running at that speed."

Leicester have accepted a further FA charge of failing to control their players following the award of a penalty to the visitors in the 83rd minute.

"Leicester City Football Club has today (Thursday) accepted a Football Association charge of failing to control its players during the Barclays Premier League fixture against West Ham United on 17 April," a club statement said.

"Furthermore, Jamie Vardy has accepted a charge of improper conduct arising from the same fixture. Jamie has, however, requested a personal hearing."

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