London - Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy
has accepted a Football Association charge of improper conduct, it was
announced on Thursday.
The England international could now be hit
with an additional ban that threatens to damage shock leaders Leicester's bid
to win the Premier League title.
The 29-year-old Vardy was sent off after
receiving a second yellow card for diving in Sunday's 2-2 draw with West Ham,
when he appeared to invite a foul from Angelo Ogbonna and then went to ground
during the second half at the King Power Stadium.
The improper conduct relates to his furious
reaction to his dismissal, with Vardy pointing and shouting in the face of
referee Jonathan Moss.
Leicester are now five points clear of
second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with four games of the season left.
Vardy, who has requested a personal
hearing, is already suspended for Sunday's visit of Swansea and could be out
for even longer if the FA decides his behaviour towards Moss deserves further
This season has seen Vardy score 22 goals
for Leicester and England manager Roy Hodgson, who is set to include him in his
squad for this year's European Championships in France, defended the forward on
Wednesday by saying: "I don't see that as a dive. I just don't."
The FA also charged Leicester for failing
to control their players following the award of the Hammers' 83rd-minute
Leicester, who also accepted that charge,
said in a statement: "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.
"Furthermore, Jamie Vardy has accepted
a charge of improper conduct arising from the same fixture. Jamie has, however,
requested a personal hearing."