Johannesburg: Leicester City star striker James Vardy is facing the prospect of an extended suspension after being charged for improper conduct following his angry reaction to being send-off against West Ham on Sunday.
In addition to an automatic one-match suspension for the second booking, the England international is likely to miss an extra game if he is found guilty of the charge.
Vardy shouted angrily at match referee Jonathan Moss after being shown red card for diving in an unsuccessful attempt to win a penalty in the second half of Sunday’s 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium.
The Football Association in a statement said that Leicester have also been charged for failing to control their players following the awarding of an 83rd-minute penalty to West Ham, Sport24 reported.
The FA added that both the player and the club have time until 6pm on Thursday to reply to their charge.
Vardy’s suspension is considered as a setback for Leicester as the Premier League pace setters have just four games left to win the title for the first time.
Vardy has scored 22 league goals this season in addition to providing six assists.