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20th Dec 2016

Gary Lineker leads angry Leicester fans as Jamie Vardy loses red card appeal

Vardy will miss the next three games.

Tom Victor

Just as Jamie Vardy was poised to hit some form, the Leicester City and England striker hasĀ been handed a major setback.

The former Fleetwood frontman was sent off during Saturday’s trip to Stoke, a game in which the Foxes recovered from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2, and many thought the dismissal was harsh.

Vardy left the ground in a challenge with Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf, but many fans feel he should have escaped punishment on the grounds that he took the ball.

Referee Craig Pawson, who was also at the centre of a bizarre mistaken identity ruling in the same game, was criticised for showing Vardy the red card.

However the Football Association have sided with Pawson, rejecting Leicester’s appeal.

Stoke City v Leicester City - Premier LeagueMichael Regan/Getty Images

‘Jamie Vardy will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after his wrongful dismissal claim was rejected, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing,’ a statement reads.

The striker had scored a hat-trick one week earlier, in Leicester’s 4-2 victory over Manchester City, and Claudio Ranieri could have done without losing his number nine for the festive period.

Vardy will now miss the matches against Everton on Boxing Day, West Ham United on New Year’s Eve and Middlesbrough on January 2.

And Leicester fans have hit back against the decision, with their most famous supporter – Gary Lineker – perhaps the biggest critic of the decision.

Vardy’s wife Rebekah also got in on the act, making her feelings known with just one word.

And there were more complaints. A lot more.

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