By Tottenham corespondent Tony Hughes
Jamie Vardy could miss two of Leicester’s final four matches of the season after being charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.
The charge is in relation to Vardy’s response to his dismissal in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against West Ham, where the striker received a second yellow after being adjudged to have dived in a bid to claim a penalty.
Vardy is already out of Leicester’s home Premier League game against Swansea but were the FA to apply a further ban to the 29-year-old he could miss one of his team’s most challenging fixtures of their title run-in, a trip to Manchester United on 1 May.
The possible absence of Vardy would be a major blow to Leicester and, correspondingly, a huge boost to their principal title rivals Tottenham.
Claudio Ranieri’s side lead Tottenham by eight points with four matches of their campaign remaining, though Spurs can cut into that gap to five when they travel to Stoke on Monday night.
A statement on the FA website confirmed: “Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his second-half dismissal against West Ham United on Sunday 17 April 2016.
“Leicester have also been charged for failing to control their players following the awarding of an 83rd-minute penalty to West Ham.
“Both the player and the club have until 6pm on Thursday 21 April 2016 to reply to their charge.”
— The FA (@FA) April 18, 2016
Vardy has been one of the outstanding players in the Premier League this season and is on the six-man shortlist for the Player of the Year award.
His strike in the first half of Sunday’s game brought him level with Harry Kane on 22 league goals this season.
Vardy’s extreme pace is also key to the counter-attacking style of play that has paid such huge dividends for Leicester this season.
In other Tottenham news, the Londoners have been given a major transfer boost ahead of the summer window.