Leicester City have been handed a blow in their chase for the Premier League title as Jamie Vardy is set to be given an added one-game ban for his rant at the referee after being sent off during the Foxes 2-2 draw against West Ham United earlier in the month. Claudio Ranieri's men will be crowned champions if they bag all three points when they face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday (1 May), but they will have to do it without their top scorer.
According to the Guardian, the striker, who had requested a personal hearing, was handed an added one-match ban after he was charged by the FA for improper conduct after he reacted angrily at referee Jon Moss following his red card for an alleged dive during the draw against the Hammers. The England international has already served his mandatory one-game ban during Leicester's 4-0 thrashing of Swansea City, but is likely to sit out yet another game as his team chases a history creating win over the 20-time English champions.
The King Power Stadium outfit need one more win to seal the Premier League title but face a tough run-in, which includes clashes away from home against United and Chelsea. There will be added pressure due to Vardy's absence. The team, however, showed that they can cope when the PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez and Leonardo Ulloa stepped up to hand them a thumping win. Moreover, Tottenham Hotspur's draw against West Bromwich Albion on Monday night has given them a little more breathing space, with the north London club now seven points behind with three games left to play in what has been one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent years.
Leicester's visit to Manchester United is unlikely to be an easy one as the Red Devils are also in their own battle with Manchester City and Arsenal for a place in the top four and are in a buoyant mood after recently booking their place in the finals of the FA Cup. But the fairytale that has been Leicester's season thus far, could not have a better place to culminate into the title than the home of the most successful club in the history of English football.