London: Leicester City’s star striker Jamie Vardy will miss the team’s trip to Old Trafford as the Foxes look to lay their hands on their first English Premier League (EPL) title.
Claudio Ranieri’s fierce eleven need just three points to run away with the elite Premier League trophy.
However, after he was hit with an improper conduct charge, one which he admitted, following his reaction to referee Jon Moss after being sent off for diving in last week’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United, the FA slapped the England international with a 10,000-pound fine and an extended ban that bars him from playing against Louis van Gaal’s United on May 1.
Vardy, Leicester’s 22-goal top scorer, requested a personal hearing as he wanted to explain his outburst but will sit out another game.
An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Jamie Vardy has been given a one-match suspension with immediate effect, fined 10,000 pound and warned as to his future conduct.”
“The Leicester City forward had accepted an FA charge of improper conduct following his second half dismissal against West Ham United on Sunday 17 April 2016,” the FA added.
The club has also been fined 20,000 pounds after admitting an FA charge of failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.
The sanction, which the Foxes accepted, followed the award of an 83rd-minute penalty during the game with the Hammers.
Vardy will return for Leicester’s final home game of the season against Everton on May 7, having missed Sunday’s 4-0 win over Swansea.
Leicester are seven points clear at the top over Tottenham Hotspur with only three games left.
(With agency inputs)