Sunday 18 December 2016

Claudio Ranieri Says Leicester City Will Appeal Vardy's Red Card

Claudio Ranieri will consider appealing the red card awarded to Jamie Vardy in Leicester City's thrilling 2-2 draw with Stoke. Referee Craig Pawson dismissed Vardy in the 28th minute for a challenge on Mame Biram Diouf where the England international, jostling with Glen Johnson, left the ground with both feet before returning to the turf by the time he won the ball.

It was a contentious call from Pawson, particularly after he had only booked Manchester United's Marcos Rojo for a clear two-footed lunge on Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha on Wednesday. Pawson further enraged the Foxes players by giving Stoke a penalty for handball against Danny Simpson, when his arm was above his head as he slid in to stop Bojan Krkic's cross.

Bojan converted the 39th-minute spot-kick and Simpson was booked, the first of five Leicester players to be cautioned prior to the break, which Stoke entered 2-0 ahead thanks to a second from Joe Allen. The normally mild-mannered Ranieri was livid at that point and had to be dragged away from Pawson by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, yet his side banded together in the face of adversity and picked up just their second away point of the season thanks to second-half strikes from Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey.

With Vardy now set to miss games against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough, Ranieri was asked if he would consider appealing against his suspension. He said “I don't know, let me think, if it is possible, yes, he wants to challenge and get the ball, not make a foul. If you listen to me I say, No it was not a red card, if you listen to Stoke manager Mark Hughes, he says, 'Yes'. But the decision is the referee and he says it's a red card. There was a big challenge between Johnson and Vardy. He touched the ball. Maybe it was yellow.”

It is not often Ranieri is riled to such an extent that he remonstrates with a referee and Pawson and his officiating team needed to be escorted by stewards, who were pictured shielding themselves as they moved near to the visiting supporters and down the tunnel.

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