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Jamie Vardy likely to be hit with two-match ban after FA charge for improper conduct

Jamie Vardy has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association and is likely to be hit with a two-match ban that threatens to derail Leicester City’s title push. Vardy is facing the prospect of having his suspension increased for his angry confrontation with referee Jonathan Moss, after his dismissal against West Ham United on Sunday. Leicester have also been charged with failing to control their players but it is the potential loss of Vardy for two games that could have severe repercussions for manager Claudio Ranieri.

Vardy was given a second yellow card for diving, after a tangle in the penalty area with West Ham’s Angelo Ogbonna, and then jabbed a finger and swore at Moss before leaving the field. He has until Thursday to appeal until the case goes before an independent commission.Chelsea striker Diego Costa was given an additional one-match ban last month and fined £20,000 after he was charged for his reaction to a red card at Everton and Vardy is facing the same punishment. He will definitely miss the game against Swansea City on Sunday but is now likely also to miss the trip to Manchester United, which could prove a pivotal match in the title race.

Gary Lineker, the former Leicester City forward, described the charge as “ridiculous” on his Twitter account while Leicester declined to comment.