Leicester City has been the biggest news in the sports world because the team is on the verge of becoming the least likely Premier League champions in history after starting the season with 5,000 to 1 odds of winning the league title. Unfortunately, the team will have to accomplish the feat without the services of leading scorer Jamie Vardy, who is expected to be hit with a two-game ban by the English Football Association, after a confrontation with referee Jonathan Moss over the weekend. Vardy’s suspension is going to affect Leicester City’s online sportsbook soccer odds of winning the title, but fans are hoping the team can continue its march to the title without Vardy.
Vardy was given a second yellow card against West Ham for diving after tangling with Angelo Ogbonna in the penalty area. If he had quietly accepted the yellow card, he would have been forced to sit out one game. Instead, Vardy angrily confronted referee Jonathan Moss, jabbing a finger at him and cursing him out before he finally left the field.
The jabbing and swearing resulted in Vardy being charged with misconduct, which carries a one-game ban. Leicester City was also charged with failing to control their player, but the loss of Vardy will hurt the team more than a fine.
While Vardy’s suspension has not been officially announced, he is widely expected to receive a two-game suspension because that was what the Football Association gave Chelsea’s Diego Costa who was in a similar situation.
If he is suspended for two games, Vardy will miss Leicester city’s match against Swansea as well as their match against Manchester United. With the club sitting only five games ahead of Tottenham, the suspension couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Former Leicester City forward Gary Lineker called the charge ridiculous on his Twitter account. However, the club has declined to comment on the suspension.
While Vardy is awaiting word on his suspension, Moss is scheduled to referee the match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion on Thursday, he is also expected to be the fourth official for the FA Cup semi-final game at Wembley Stadium.
Former FIFA official Keith Hackett called Moss’ performance the worst refereeing performance of the year. Hackett said the first yellow card Vardy received was not an offense. He added that Moss shouldn’t have issued the second yellow card for diving because he was not in a good position to properly see the act.
Hackett also felt Moss’ decision making in the game was inconsistent because of all the grappling offenses that went unpunished. He added that the referees have been inconsistent with grappling calls all season long, and the game has been affected as a result.
Vardy, who has started every game this season had not been sent off in a game since 2011, when he was playing for Fleetwood Town.
As a team, Leicester City is confident they can continue their march to the league title even if Vardy misses the next two games. Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki are expected to fill in for Vardy, and defender Danny Simpson believes they will be able to handle the pressure.by