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Leicester City's Jamie Vardy forced to sit out Manchester United battle after further ban

By Simon Peach

Jamie Vardy will miss Leicester's potentially title-winning clash with Manchester United on Sunday after being handed extra one-game ban.

A regulatory commission decided Vardy deserved an extra match after his red against West Ham, meaning he will miss the game where Leicester can become champions.

The England striker was sent off against West Ham last week with the FA handing him an improper conduct charge.

Vardy missed Leicester's rout over Swansea on Sunday before attending the PFA awards in London and stayed in the capital overnight to attend the personal hearing.

Vardy was dismissed against West Ham for an alleged dive, although he has been backed by several figures including England boss Roy Hodgson.

Following the red card, Vardy pointed a finger at referee Jonathan Moss and swore at the official.

The panel yesterday ruled his aggression warranted a further one-match ban.

Meanwhile, Andy King was proud of the way Leicester tightened their grip on the Premier League title ahead of the three biggest matches in the club's history.

The mood had changed before Sunday's clash with Swansea, with last weekend's frantic 2-2 draw with West Ham compounded by the suspension of Vardy and an impressive win by rivals Tottenham at Stoke.

However, Claudio Ranieri's men gave short shrift to predictions they could be usurped as they maintained their charge for the most unlikely of titles, trouncing their Welsh visitors 4-0 at the King Power Stadium.

A maximum of three points is all that is required to wrap up the league title after Spurs drew 1-1 with West Brom last night, with trips to 20-time league winners Manchester United and reigning champions Chelsea coming either side of a home clash with Everton.

"We have three cup finals left now," long-serving midfielder King said.

"This win was good for the confidence going into three of the biggest games the club has ever played. It would be massive but we don't want to speak about anything like that until we have crossed the line because we have three huge games. We don't want to tempt fate.

"We know we have to take care of our own games and then cross that bridge when we come to it."

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