Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has accepted an FA charge of improper conduct for swearing at referee Jonathan Moss after being sent off.
Vardy was shown a red card for simulation in the 2-2 draw against West Ham and was punished by English football's governing body because of his furious reaction towards Moss.
The charge could see his one-game ban doubled, and there has even been talk that he could receive a three-game ban, but that seems hugely unlikely.
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Vardy pleads guilty
However, now that Vardy has pleaded guilty to the charge, he has more hope of returning after just sitting out Leicester's game against Swansea City.
The striker, who is chasing down Spurs' Harry Kane and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero for the golden boot, will now face a personal hearing, where he is expected to argue his case for being fined instead of receiving a further ban.
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Leicester will also argue on behalf of the England hopeful that his previous disciplinary record - or lack thereof - suggests his abuse of Moss was out of character.
The FA are thought to look upon cases more favourably if the player accepts the charge.
Leicester also plead guilty
Leicester have also accepted a charge of failing to control their players in the same game, which saw the 29-year-old former factory worker produce his best and worst, opening the scoring with an impressive strike that has been largely forgotten because of the later incidents.
Vardy is desperate to get back on the pitch, as his absence could have a huge impact on Leicester's title hopes, with their lead over Spurs now just five points.
Claudio Ranieri's side have a testing run-in, coming up against Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea in their final three games.
Spurs, meanwhile, will face an easier challenge, at least on paper, as they look to overcome West Brom, Chelsea, Southampton, and Newcastle.
Leicester must now face accusations of being a one-man team head on. Vardy has scored 22 goals in the top flight this season, but the Foxes also have Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki, and Leonard Ulloa to fall back on, and those three will need to be at their best if they are going to replace Vardy's goals.
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