By Tottenham corespondent Tony Hughes
Jamie Vardy could miss two of Leicester’s final four matches of the season after accepting an improper conduct charge on Thursday 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 on Sunday 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 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 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.”
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.