Jamie Vardy sent off
As so often seems to be the case, footballers in England pick up suspensions just before the Christmas period sets in.
Is it always a coincidence, or do the players time their bad behaviour to spend the festive season away from the game and with their families?
On Saturday, Chelsea’s Diego Costa picked up his fifth booking of the season at Palace to book a one game suspension versus Bournemouth.
Later in the day, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy picked up a huge three game ban in a questionable red card offence v Stoke.
So what happened?
Vardy was sent off for a two-footed reckless tackle against the Potters.
But the decision seemed harsh as (a) Vardy seemed to get nudged in the back by Glen Johnson as he went to ground and (b) he won the ball cleanly before making contact with Mame Biram Diouf.
What about Marcos Rojo?
As soon as the Vardy incident played out, fans remembered how Man United defender Marcos Rojo has managed to escape two red card offences for far worse tackles against Everton and Crystal Palace.
Interestingly, the ref in both Saturday’s Stoke-Leicester game and the Palace-Man United game in midweek was ref Craig Pawson.
Tweets on Jamie Vardy and Marcos Rojo are below.
Craig Pawson gave Marcos Rojo a yellow card for a two-footed tackle on Wednesday
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) December 17, 2016
Oh dear. Shows that referee Pawson can be influenced after the Rojo decision early this week. Terrible decision for Vardy. #Leicester
— Tom Humphries (@TomHumphriesMSc) December 17, 2016
Craig Pawson doesn't send Rojo off mid-week but makes up for it by sending off Vardy for a yellow card offence today
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) December 17, 2016
Vardy has been copying Marcos Rojo's tackling style, but with less contact and a different outcome.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) December 17, 2016
Rojo Red card not given. Vardy given. Penalty not awarded for United. Penalty awarded to Stoke for handball. Craig Pawson
— SemperFiUnited (@SemperFiUnited) December 17, 2016
Vardy gets sent off for having both feet off the ground in a challenge yet Rojo gets zero punishment twice for the same offence. Priceless.
— Tim Bolton (@timbolton1) December 17, 2016
Marcus Rojo. Two footed challenges, yellow cards. Vardy. Pushed into a tackle which he won the ball, Red card. EPL referee logic.
— Matt (@ImpureMS) December 17, 2016
Vardy should know you can't leave the floor, unless your name is Marcos Rojo
— Stuart (@HassMUFC) December 17, 2016
Pawson' given #LCFC 3 yellow cars in 5 minutes. And a red 10 minutes ago. Someone should drop kick him.
— WHAT THE FOX (@WTFox1884) December 17, 2016
Pawson was referee for Man Utd v Palace last week.
I can tell you the Rojo challenge, which Pawson booked him for, was much, much worse.
— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) December 17, 2016