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Vardy goes down in the West Ham box.

Jamie Vardy sent off for diving against West Ham

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Jamie Vardy scored Leicester's opener - his 22nd goal of the season - against West Ham this afternoon and looked to be the Foxes' knight in shining armour once more.

And then he got sent off. For diving. 

Leicester are looking to go ten points clear of Tottenham, who play Stoke on Monday, at the top of the table, and were well on course to do that after Vardy's superb breakaway goal.

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However the game took a dramatic twist when the England striker raced through on goal with Angelo Ogbonna in hot pursuit. Vardy tumbled to the ground in the penalty area and turned to Jon Moss to see him award a spot-kick, only to watch on in shock as the referee chose instead to wave a second yellow card.

Replays seemed to suggest that Vardy had gone down softly, although a booking for diving seemed somewhat harsh. You can make your mind up for yourself by watching the incident at the bottom of this article.

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West Ham will now push on for an equaliser as they look to keep their own season alive. They're currently seven points adrift of Arsenal in fourth place and need a win if they're to maintain their faint chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Earlier on in the game the Hammers looked to have taken the lead when Cheikhou Kouyaté sent a header towards the Leicester goal, only for Kasper Schmeichel to tip it onto one post, watch it hit the other post before gratefully scooping up the ball.

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West Ham United
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