Foxes print 30,000 Vardy masks in support of striker

Leicester City have printed 30,000 Jamie Vardy masks for their Boxing Day game against Everton to show support for their banned striker.

Vardy is serving a three-match suspension after being sent off at Stoke on 17 December for his challenge on Mame Biram Diouf.

Leicester’s appeal against the ban was rejected by the Football Association. Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha called the decision “unfair”.

FA chairman Greg Clarke is set to attend the game at the King Power Stadium today.

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Leicester’s defence of their Premier League title has been a challenging one, with 4 wins out of their opening 17 games. The Vardy ban will make their task even more difficult.

Vardy will also miss games against West Ham and Middlesbrough but will be available again for the FA Cup third-round tie against Everton at Goodison Park on 7 January.