Ref Craig Pawson accused of Man United bias after sending off Leicester’s Jamie Vardy

Jamie Vardy sent off
Jamie Vardy sent off

Jamie Vardy sent off

Seems like everyone’s getting Christmas 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.

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