Le­ices­ter make masked protest over Vardy ban

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Le­ices­ter City’s own­ers dis­trib­uted around 30,000 Jamie Vardy masks ahead of their game against Ever­ton yes­ter­day in protest at the Eng­land striker’s three-game sus­pen­sion. Vardy was banned by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion af­ter be­ing sent off for a two-footed chal­lenge on Mame Bi­ram Diouf dur­ing cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter’s re­cent 2-2 draw at Stoke City. Le­ices­ter had an ap­peal against the pun­ish­ment re­jected, which Thai chair­man Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha de­scribed as “un­fair”. Prior to the game, pic­tures cir­cu­lated on social me­dia show­ing rows of Vardy masks placed on the blue seats at Le­ices­ter’s King Power Sta­dium ahead of their home game with Ever­ton. Tele­vi­sion footage showed Vardy jok­ingly putting a mask over his face af­ter tak­ing his seat in the direc­tors’ box. He then ges­tured to sus­pended team-mates Robert Huth and Chris­tian Fuchs, sit­ting along­side him, both of whom laughed. FA chair­man Greg Clarke was also due to at­tend the match. Le­ices­ter go into the game 15th in the Premier League ta­ble, three points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone. — AFP

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