London - English champions Leicester City appealed on Monday
against striker Jamie Vardy's red card in Saturday's ill-tempered 2-2 Premier
League draw with Stoke City.
Match referee Craig Pawson infuriated the Leicester players
and manager Claudio Ranieri in also booking five players in the final seven
minutes of the first half - Vardy had been dismissed in the 28th minute.
As a result Vardy is due to miss three games for the
struggling Foxes whilst key defenders Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs will also
be suspended for the next match against Everton after picking up their fifth
bookings of the campaign.
"Leicester City have today (Monday) lodged an appeal
with the Football Association against the dismissal of Jamie Vardy during
Saturday's Premier League fixture at Stoke City," read a statement from
"Jamie was shown a straight red card by referee Craig
Pawson in the 28th minute of Saturday's 2-2 draw for a challenge that was
deemed to have constituted serious foul play.
"The club has subsequently made its case for an
instance of wrongful dismissal and expects to hear the outcome of the appeal in
the coming days."
If the appeal fails Vardy will miss next Monday's visit of
Everton and then matches with two fellow strugglers, West Ham United on New
Year's Eve and a trip to Middlesbrough on January 2.
Ironically Pawson had been criticised for not sending off
Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo for a similar two-footed challenge in
their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace only a few days prior to the
Leicester currently sit a lowly 15th in the table, just
three points clear of the relegation places.